👤 By Danjuma Aliyu
A few weeks from now, precisely on July 14, voters in Ekiti will go to the polls to choose a new Governor.
In the coming election are two leading contenders; Kolapo Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The APC has been a big disappointment to so many people. Since it came into power in 2015, the party which brought President Muhammadu Buhari to the centre of Nigerian politics, has not delivered any of it’s promises.
Today, Nigerians pay more money for petrol. Even at this, the APC government that claims it was going to do away with subsidy, has paid more than a trillion Naira on the grant that is supposed to reduce the cost of fuel for consumers.
The same government argued that people were no longer in need of their generating set, yet on Saturday 16th June, 2018, there were report of a total collapse of all the nation’s power plants in the country.
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Take another unfulfilled pledge – the promise to kill corruption. We know that the corruption fight has been lopsided heavily against the opposition and anyone not the cabal that surrounds the President.
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If the APC can fail on the national front, they would not do better on a state level. Just look at what is happening in Kogi, where a doctor recently died because she could not afford her medication as she had not been paid her salary for months.
Yet, Governor Yahaya Bello is said to be campaigning for President Muhammdu Buhari’s re-election. How will the second term campaign be sponsored. Yet, the bid for 2019 has already started.
The key states in the South-West – Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and Lagos, will be play a leading role in the February 16th elections.
Which is why a party chieftain wants to persuade voters to elect his “frenemy” on July 14.
The Chieftain thinks Dr Fayemi deserves the votes because he is a friend of the President.
“Fayemi is your son. He is a friend of the President, vote Fayemi 100%,” this is what Bola Tinubu said at the party mega rally that took place in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.
This is not a good enough reason to re-elect Dr Fayemi, who has had a chance to fix the state both on a Governorship and Federal Level. What difference did he make then and what does he plan to do now?
What pressure has he put on his friend President Buhari, in order to achieve change in the lives of the people in his state.
In fact, we are starting to understand that those close to President Buhari have done nothing with their privileged access.
Look at Zamafara, where the Governor no longer feels able to secure the lives of the people. Governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari says his role as Chief Security Officer is just a nomenclature.
On the contrary, the Governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose stood by his people when the herdsmen attacked. He set up the anti-open grazing law and refused to back down as the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali huffed and puffed about it.
The online paper, which backed the APC in the 2015 General Election has decided to openly support
@Eleka4Governor because Kayode Fayemi who served as Minister of Steel can not point out any achievements.
The ruling party is a house divided any way.
There are some pretending to be supporting Dr Fayemi’s re-election bid but deep down, they have not totally forgiven him for what he did in 2016 in the Ondo Primaries.
There are chances this people would work against him anyway.
Danjuma Aliyu is the Editorial Director of DENISAURUS News.