By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said the capital projects embarked upon by his administration, including an airstrip are not only timely, but are meeting people’s needs, contrary to the claim by a former governor of the state, Otunba Niyi Adebayo.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Iidowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, the governor said the claim by Adebayo in Abuja on Tuesday that the airstrip project was ill-timed was borne out of malice because Adebayo failed to utiilise the opportunity given him by the people of the state by executing projects he (Adebayo) could be remembered for.
”Ekiti people should thank God that the APC people left this State, if not, this state would have collapsed.
“I learned that they have resurrected and then met in Abuja. Let them gang up again, I will floor them come 2018.
“ I am their headache and their game plan is to be lying against me. Let them keep lying.
If they have anything incriminating against me, they would have published it. But they don’t have anything, that’s why they resorted to fabricating lies to assist them.”
The governor noted that all the states created at the same time with Ekiti 20 years ago have either built an airport or airstrip.
The governor said when he conceived the idea to dualise Ado township roads, this same opposition party, then known as the Alliance for Democracy (AD), said the project was ill-timed and not well conceived, but the people of the state are now enjoying the amenities.
“ Let us do a comparison between the former All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations in Ekiti State and point out which has enhanced or retarded the progress of the state.
“ Niyi Adebayo and Kayode Fayemi administrations plunged the state into debt. Hardly can you identify any project done by the APC led government, yet the state was plunged into huge debt. If anybody is not happy with my administation, they are the APC members who Ekiti people stopped from further plundering the state by voting them out on June 21, 2014.
“Despite the huge debt we met, the state has progressed and we have embarked on numerous capital projects such as the Funmilayo Olayinka Women Centre, the extension of the dualisation of the Ado-Ikere Road, the construction of a modern and befitting Ojaba Market. We will soon embark on the flyover project in Fajuyi area of Ado-Ekiti. We have done roads in Petim area of Ado, De Head-Police headquarters, Erio township road, Afao Road, the dualisation of Awedele Road among others.
“We know that APC leaders are stunned and dazed that there is no way they can stop our wheel of progress. Let them continue to gather together and they will be scattered because the people of the state have rejected them,” he said.
Governor Fayose added that he and his party, the PDP, are not afr aid of the 2018 governorship poll in the state, since the people are solidly behind him and the party.
Meantime, a chieftain of the APC, Mr. Olusegun Osinkolu, has said the reconciliation meeting held in Abuja on Tuesday, where all interested parties in Ekiti State chapter of the APC resolved to subsume their groups into APC and pay total loyalty to the party, signaled that the end will surely come for Governor Ayodele Fayose’s reign in Ekiti politics in 2018.