the spirit of the Christmas season, gubernatorial aspirants for the July 2018 election in Ekiti State have canvassed prayers for peace in the state before, during and after the poll.
The aspirants included former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Ambassador Dare Bejide of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP): former National Assembly member, Senator Ayo Arise of the All Progressives Congress (APC): and IT expert, Mr Kola Alabi of the APC.
They also preached peace unity and love as necessary virtues for Nigeria would to move forward and meaningful lives for the citizenry.
Bejide who urged Nigerians to embrace peace and love by praying for the coming year to be peaceful and fruitful for all, said: “I wish all Ekiti people merry Christmas and urge all to embrace peace, love and unity. I therefore urge us all to pray for next year as there are challenges ahead which we need God’s intervention to surmount”.
He also advised Ekiti residents to vote for credible person in forthcoming July 14, 2018 governorship election so as enjoy better leadership than what obtains currently.
Bejide also urged citizens to pray for a better Nigeria, saying: “This country is our Jerusalem and so we should seek her greatness and success. Let us shun all acts of disunity, violence and hatred and embrace love, peace and unity and may the great Lord continue to bless our nation”.The PDP governorship hopeful knocked the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC for the persistent fuel scarcity, alleging that the government had failed in bringing positive change to the petroleum sector in spite of his promises before election but has instead, damaged the country for over two and half years of its ruling.
Also, Alabi urged Nigerians to be prayerful and ensure that peace, love and unity are values they cherish at all times: “as we are being ushered into a new year loaded with fresh hope, renewed determination and brighter future. “
The APC governorship aspirant, in a Christmas message through his Director General, Kola Alabi Campaign Organisation, Toba Daramola, said that Ekiti people deserved better and more progressive and development oriented leadership than what is being witnessed now.
Alabi urged Ekiti people to vote credible candidate in APC: “so that we can bring a more fruitful change to all facets of our people’a lives”.
Another APC aspirant, Senator Ayo Arise, enjoined Christian faithful to reflect on the birth and character of Christ to conduct themselves chastely during this yuletide period.
Arise admonished Christians to use the celebration of the birth of Christ to pray for the peace and togetherness of the country.
The former National Assembly member said that prayer is the only tool “that can reinvent the new Nigeria that we all crave, as the country is in serious need of prayers, most especially for those that are at the helm of affairs. “
Arise who urged Ekiti workers to continue in their persevering spirit as the arrival of a new government shall usher in their deserved package, said: “This we shall do if given the opportunity to preside over the affairs of the state as the number one citizen.”
The Senator also advised the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to further strengthen the security of public areas that people normally frequent during this festive period, saying: “It is our prayer that the remaining days of this year shall usher in fulfilled expectations.”
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