Declare state of emergency on Ekiti economy, PDP gov aspirant urges Fayose
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in the forthcoming poll in Ekiti State, Otunba Segun Adewale (Aeroland), has said that the state is in dare need of economic revival, calling on Governor Ayodele Fayose to declare a state of emergency on the economy with a view to improving citizens’ living conditions.
Adewale made the call on Monday in a release made available to newsmen in Lagos, saying that his experience within the last six months of his familiarization tour of Ekiti communities revealed a state in dare need of economic revival, stressing that the state had suffered due to the neglect of the people by the political class.
“Our leader, Governor Ayodele Fayose should immediately declare a state of emergency on the economy of the state; a lot can still be achieved within his remaining eight months in office. The governor should as a matter of urgency extend hands of fellowship to all well-meaning sons and daughters of Ekiti not minding their political colourations.
“Our common agenda at this stage should be the development of Ekiti. I trust in his leadership to give Ekiti State the needed boost in the comity of state,” Adewale said.
The PDP said what he had seen across communities in Ekiti State is a people subjected to a high degree of poverty while those they entrusted leadership to live in affluence, declaring that the political elite in the state had failed the people.
“Political leadership should be about the people and not for selfish aggrandizement,” he further declared, adding, “I have seen in Ekiti, citizens from whom the political class derives their powers living in abject poverty and a few political elite living like princes and kings.”
The PDP chieftain, while saying that the trend must be reversed and the political elite revert to its servanthood position, while the people are treated like kings, declared that this was what he represented in Ekiti State politics.
“This trend must be reversed, the people must be treated like kings while the political elite reverts to its servanthood position, and this is what I represent in Ekiti State politics,” Adewale said.
Speaking further, the governorship hopeful decried the high-level political bickering that had characterized the Ekiti political space, describing it as shameful.
“Political leadership should be about service to the people, but in Ekiti State, the people are never considered, it is always about who gets what among the political elite. It is shameful to see that once our political elites are not in the ruling class, all efforts are geared towards ensuring the failure of the state to the detriment of our people. It is time for all to come together and rescue our people from the strong arm of poverty. Ekiti needs us now than ever,” he stressed.
He, therefore, admonished Governor Fayose to play politics of inclusiveness bearing in mind the welfare of the people of Ekiti, saying that the state needed all the help it could get at this time.
“We need allies, not enemies. Our state at this time cannot afford to be on the bad book of elder statesmen like former President Olusegun Obasanjo or the President, Mohammed Buhari simply because our governor is playing opposition politics. Governor Fayose should for the sake of Ekiti development concentrate on issues that are beneficial to the people of Ekiti State and not matters affecting his political career only. As a leader, he must show forth that leadership trait now for the prosperity of our dear state,” the governorship hopeful said.