“Those of us who travel out of Ekiti are being insulted, assaulted and mocked on daily basis asking why Ekiti who they thought were
well read, refined and exposed could make a character like Fayose their governor.
“That is why it is important for us to reclaim our land and restore
our values. Each time I move round Ekiti, I see the pains on the faces
of the 25,000 elderly persons who benefited from our social security
scheme, 600 people who were employed into the peace corps, 10, 000 volunteers who took N10,000 per month, among others but have been cut off from these safety nets by Fayose.
“More than 40,000 persons who were gainfully employed by my government have been engaged by this present government in Ekiti.
“Under my government, I increased the salary of workers from N5,000
to N7,000 and from N7,000 to N13,000 and later N19,3000. Who will the workers hate between a government that did these and one that is not paying salary for more than 10 months?
“They said teachers didn’t like Fayemi, during my time, education is free up to SS3. I paid rural allowance to teachers, Core Subjects’ Allowance, paid scholarship and bursary, paid for WAEC and NECO, but all these have been stopped by a government that has no interest in social investment.
“Today, I can boldly say that there is no town I get to out of the 133
towns and villages in our dear state where I will not point to five
projects. If I have not done their road, I would have built schools,
or renovate their hospital, but today, nothing is happening.
“Even those projects I did not complete were abandoned by Fayose. There is no single aspirant in APC who will not do much more fantastic works than what we are getting in Ekiti under Fayose among all the aspirants on the APC platform.
“That is why it is important for us to be united. Let me say this, I
am a loyal party man and I am ready to support whoever the party
fields as the candidate,” Fayemi said.
State Working Committee to set out a code of ethics to regulate the
conducts of every contestant, describing the tirades against his
person as unacceptable.
“it is absolutely unacceptable for aspirants to indulge in abuses, use intemperate languages against one another. If we do this, we will
be damaging the brand the APC is known for. Each contestant should
sell his brand to the party delegates who will decide our fates.
“We should be ready to support whoever the party picks as the
candidate, provided the process is free, fair and transparent if truly
we are loyal party men. I will see whoever fights after the primary as
a mole who was sent to destroy our party”.
Fayemi, who was the governor between October 16, 2010 to October 15, 2014, was defeated by Fayose in the last election held on June 21, 2014.
The minister was the 37th aspirant to declare interest in the coveted seat out of which 21 have collected the nomination and expression of interest forms at the headquarters of the APC in Abuja.