There was massive security beef up in Ado Ekiti yesterday as the former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye declared his governorship ambition in Ekiti State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Adeyeye vowed that efforts by the State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose to muzzle all the aspirants vying for the plum seat with the exception of his preferred candidate and deputy governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, will be frustrated.
Adeyeye, who is challenging the deputy Governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola, who had earlier been endorsed by Governor Fayose, said he would fight tooth and nail to prevent the governor from imposing his surrogate on the people.
The declaration, which witnessed mammoth crowd of supporters across the 16 local government areas of the state, started like a protest march at the NNPC along Iworoko road.
The participants walked via Adebayo to Ijigbo and ended in front of the Prince Adedayo Adeyeye campaign headquarters in Ajilosun area of the state capital.
The police deployed Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and stern looking operatives to curtail any miscreant who could hide under the crisis between Fayose and Adeyeye to ignite trouble.
Addressing his supporters, Adeyeye said Fayose was privileged to be Governor and warned that he should stop playing God on the issue of Ekiti governorship election.
He said: “I have confidence in Uche Secondus-led NWC to conduct a free, fair and credible poll in Ekiti. I served the PDP as the National Publicity Secretary of the Caretaker Committee for 18 months and we conducted a credible convention that brought the new executives.
“I believe that they will not pander to the bidding of Governor Fayose, who has turned himself into a thin god.
“Let me say this, I will defeat Fayose’s candidate in a free and fair primary. I will use myself; to lay a foundation that you can emerge the flagbearer of a party even without governor’s support, because nobody can play God. It is God that anoints.”
“But anything outside a credible primary to field a strong candidate like me, then it means the party has shortchanged itself in Ekiti in the July 14 governorship election”, he said.
Adeyeye promised to work hard to make Ekti the hub of higher education in Nigeria, while also investing heavily in the areas of rice and cocoa production to boost the economy.
He derided Fayose for allegedly killing investment in Ekiti, saying “the governor even made efforts to kill my radio station, the first private station in Ekiti, it was as bad as that.”
“I served as a SUBEB Chairman in Ekiti and the record I left there remains indelible. I am the best for the job and I will clinch the PDP’s ticket in spite of opposition”, he boasted.