BY DAPO AKINREFON
The ranks of those who have pledged their support for their preferred candidates ahead of the June 21 governorship election, continues to swell with endorsements.
For Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the recent endorsement by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and Ekiti State Youth Traders Development Association was a boost to his campaign.
During a visit to motor parks in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, the drivers urged the governor to discountenance the claim by opposition candidates of having the support of the drivers’ union, stressing that drivers are not ready to go back to the days of disunity.
According to the State Chairman of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Adebayo Adeyeye, members of his union were not allowed to ply the Akure route during the PDP administration.
“I was one of those who fought to change that and because of that, the PDP administration declared me wanted. When the APC government led by Dr. Fayemi came on board, that changed. He settled the rift and told members of the two unions in plain terms that we could only make meaningful progress when there is peace.
“RTEAN members now ply all routes and there has not been crisis between the two unions since Fayemi became governor,” Adeyeye said.
The RTEAN chairman also commended the governor for the construction of roads.
“There was a time we would take our vehicles for repairs at least once in a week. We no longer spend our profit on repairs because the Fayemi administration has fixed all roads leading into Ekiti State. Both inter and intra-city roads have also been put in shape.”
“We have neither gold nor silver to give the governor. The only thing we have is our votes. Our members are registered voters and have obtained their permanent voter’s cards. Those in the opposition lying about drivers’ support will be shocked on June 21 when we re-elect Dr. Kayode Fayemi.”
The General Manager, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Akure/Ilawe/Benin/Port-Harcourt Chapter, Mr. Toyin Jimoh, said drivers are impressed with the good works of the governor and have decided to re-elect him.
“The governor should continue with his good works and not pay attention to jesters claiming that drivers are supporting them. By June 22 when Dr. Fayemi is declared re-elected, they would wake up from their daydream,” said Jimoh.
He said the governor has distinguished himself as a man of honour by keeping his promises.
“He has promised to help put our motor-park in good condition. We know he will fulfill the promise because he has never promised without fulfilling it,” Jimoh said.
In his remarks, the Director-General of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Bimbo Daramola, said as stakeholders, it is imperative to solicit the cooperation of drivers in the struggle to ensure that Ekiti does not go back to the days of one week, one trouble.
Daramola said “as stakeholders, we will bear the brunt most if Ekiti does not continue to move forward as we have been doing in the last three and a half years. Those outsiders beating the drums of war in collaboration with fifth columnists will not be here.”
The campaign train had earlier had a meeting with members of Ekiti State Youth Traders Development Association at the Erekesan market in Ado-Ekiti.
The Director-General of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation told them that trading was only possible in an atmosphere of peace which the Fayemi administration has engendered since it came on board.