The governor officially unveiled his manifesto for a second term which was tagged “Roadmap to Rapid Economic Growth and Development”.
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday unfolded his development agenda for a second term in office with a pledge to recommit himself to the good of the people.
The governor stated this when he was officially presented with the flag of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as its governorship candidate in the June 21 election at a rally held at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The flag was handed to Mr. Fayemi by the Interim National Chairman of the APC, Adebisi Akande.
The fanfare of the event was reduced in deference to the mood of the nation which is still mourning the killings of many Nigerians by terrorists in parts of the North.
A minute silence was also observed in honour of victims of bomb blasts in Jos, the Plateau State capital, and prayers were held for the safe return of Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorists in Borno State.
Mr. Fayemi said although the state had witnessed a massive change in the last three and a half years, he was motivated to present himself for re-election because of the need to build a society where all Ekiti people will be partakers of a collective prosperity.
The governor officially unveiled his manifesto for a second term which was tagged “Roadmap to Rapid Economic Growth and Development” otherwise known as the Ekiti Agenda.
The agenda is made up of policy thrusts of his administration from 2014 to 2018 and beyond.
The APC standard- bearer stressed that he had kept faith with Ekiti values as the people of the state kept faith with him, noting that “Ekiti is moving forward under his administration with the future of the state already assured.”
Mr. Fayemi maintained that his commitment to serve was unyielding in and outside office, adding that he was emboldened by the realization of the fact that the endorsement of his administration was not about himself, but the endorsement of the values of which he was the vessel.
“I was raised to understand that the life well lived is a continuum of service; service to God and service to humanity. Indeed, my mentors and parents pressed upon me that service to God is demonstrated by serving others positively, impacting the people around us, and by demonstrating a fierce resolve to leave people better than they were when they met you,” he said.
“Leadership itself is merely the opportunity to serve and power is a God-given resource with which we are meant to change lives for the better.
“I went into politics because I believe that committed purpose-driven servant-leadership can provide people with the tools that will empower them control over their destinies”.
While presenting the flag to Mr, Fayemi, Mr. Akande said the governor was found worthy of representing the party as a candidate at the governorship poll.
An APC leader and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, in his remarks urged Ekiti electorate to come out en masse and vote the party and not be intimidated by the policemen and soldiers whom he said are paid from the resources of Nigerians.
He charged them not to go back to the dark days, saying God forbid a reversal of good fortunes being enjoyed by Ekiti people under an APC -led administration.
Mr. Tinubu explained that Mr. Fayemi had put his hands on the plough and had never looked back, saying a vote for Fayemi was a vote for continuation of goodies being enjoyed in education, healthcare delivery, social security for the aged, among others.
The former Lagos state governor called on Ekiti voters to be vigilant on election day and ensure that every vote counts.
APC stalwarts who witnessed the flag presentation included former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari; former presidential candidate, Nuhu Ribadu, former House of Representatives Speaker, Aminu Masari, Ogbonnaya Onu, former Kwara State Governor, Senator Bukola Saraki; former military governor of Kaduna State, Jafaru Isa, and Senator Biyi Durojaiye.
Serving governors present at the rally were Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), AbdulAziz Yari (Zamfara) and Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe).
All the governors presented Mr. Fayemi with cards of endorsement.
Former Governors present were Olusegun Osoba (Ogun); Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti); Danjuma Goje (Gombe); Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa); Bukola Saraki (Kwara), Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa) and Segun Oni (Ekiti).
The Ekiti Deputy Governor, Modupe Adelabu; her Osun counterpart, Titi Laoye-Tomori and Mr. Fayemi’s wife, Bisi, also attended the rally.
Members of the two chambers of the National Assembly and members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly also graced the occasion.