Although the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State is less than two years away, various interest groups on Tuesday pledged to back Governor Kayode Fayemi to run for a second term in office.
The interest groups include Okada Riders Association, Market Women Association, Senior Citizens benefiting from Fayemi’s Social Security Scheme for the Aged and the physically-challenged people in the state.
Making the call at some events to mark Fayemi’s second year in office, they noted that the governor has worked hard enough to merit another four years in power by touching lives of the less-privileged and executing laudable projects in all parts of the state.
Fayemi commissioned Fountain Metropolitan Motors where citizens of the state will enjoy automobile servicing, sales of genuine spare parts of major brands of vehicles and training of artisans and students of tertiary institutions.
The governor also launched the distribution of tricycles to members of Okada Riders Association and performed the foundation laying ceremony of a modern market for Market Women Association.
A total number of 250 tricycles were distributed to beneficiaries in the first phase of the scheme which the governor promised would be given to more okada riders in the state
Fayemi also personally paid the N5,000 stipends to registered elederly citizens under the Social Security Scheme and about N20million to beneficiaries of the Medical Assistance Programme.
The Okada riders numbering about 2,500 who wore branded T-shirts praised Fayemi for distributing the tricycles to replace their motorcycles noting that the gesture would widen their income base and protect their passengers.
They also hailed Fayemi for constructing “good and solid roads” in Ado-Ekiti and other parts of the state to enhance their business and make transportation easier in the state.
The riders sang Fayemi’s praises shortly after arriving the venue of the launch for “spreading dividends of democracy to them” unlike the successive Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) regimes which they accused of deceiving them with empty promises.
The riders’ wild jubilation in appreciation of the governor’s gesture turned the aura of the Oodua Enterprise Development Centre venue into a big carnival as they urged him to run for another term in office in 2014.
They warned opposition parties in the state to wait for their time and allow Fayemi continue the good work he is doing in all sectors in the state which they described as “unprecedented in the history of the state.”
An executive committee member of the Ekiti Okada Riders Association, Ojo Bankole, said Fayemi has made history within two years in office by the visible projects commissioned so far and others still at various stages of completion.
Bankole said, “We have not seen this type of governor in our state, the roads he constructed are quality projects unlike the poor roads constructed by PDP which collapsed less than two years after they left office.
“Fayemi has slowly and steadily worked to develop our state. Many of our members have been empowered with credit facilities and people are now coming to Ekiti to invest.
“We are going to support him for second term for this good works to continue. In fact we have been enjoying peace in this state since he became governor”.
The president of Market Women Association, Mrs. Omowaye Oso, who was overjoyed by the laying of the foundation stone of an ultramodern market said market women in the state are ready to support Fayemi to seek re-election.
Mrs. Oso who is also the Iyaloja of Ado-Ekiti described Fayemi’s second term in office as sure for the various people-based policies implemented by his administration.
She said: “I want to tell our governor that all the market women in the state are behind him and we will follow him wherever he goes.
“You love the poor and we have seen this in your action, you have built good road network in Ado-Ekiti and other parts of the state.
“I want to assure you that your second term is sure, your second term, no shaking and whoever wants to bring you down will never succeed”.
Last modified: October 17, 2012