The governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP)Segun Adewale popularly known as Aeroland in Lagos, on Saturday said that the power of incumbency or federal might would not influence the outcome of the Ekiti governorship polls.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ekiti governorship elections is billed for July 14, 2018.
Addressing Newsmen in Lagos, Adewale, a former factional Chairman of the PDP in Lagos and the PDP Lagos West Senatorial candidate of the party in 2015, said that the issue of losing to Gov. Ayo Fayose’s candidate of the PDP and Dr Segun Fayemi, a former governor in the state and APC stalwart on incumbency and Federal might factors were mere propaganda.
Now Nicknamed “Oshaprapra” by his Ekiti supporters, Adewale said that he is sure that INEC would not be influenced to manipulate the result.
“Fayose do not have the clout anymore to influence INEC and I know that the President with his moves on democracy in Nigeria and fight against corruption would be the last man to interfere in the election.
“Nigeria is growing. Corruption is being fought to a standstill. This is no longer in the past where ruling administrations can decide the outcome of election results” Adewale said.
He said that he decided to go to his Ekiti home to contest so as to give a new lease of life to his people.
“My antecedents in Lagos as a philanthropist are well known. I’m in this race to change the way things are run in Ekiti. The era of stomach infrastructure of the Fayose administration has to stop. There is need for human capital development which I intend to invest in.
“Ekiti is not poor by any standard yet salaries are not being paid. The problem is good leadership. There should be a paradigm shift from the way things are currently done. We need to do a factory reset of the way the people think in Ekiti.
“I am not sponsored by anybody yet I have been able to touch many lives within this short while erecting boreholes in many places and grading rural roads to ease the water shortage and struggle of the people navigating very bad roads.
“When the waste in governance are plugged in Ekiti, there will be enough money to pay salaries and position the state as an agricultural hub of the country” he said.
The ADP candidate explained that he left PDP because of so many factors and that when it comes to positions, he is often reminded of the fact that he is not from Lagos despite all he has done for the party and in his area, Alimosho.
He noted that the bane of under development in Ekiti is as a result of too much theories which should be converted to wealth especially being a state with the highest number of professors in the country.
He said that if elected, he would pay salaries and arrears, engage and employ the youths and work on viable projects of the current administration.
“My administration will revive moribund companies in Ekiti and create vocational centers for skilled manpower for the youth. My mission is to make Ekiti known beyond academics” he added.
He noted that setting up Agro based industries will further help to alleviate the sufferings of the people.
“The people of Ekiti are behind me and I am will not be deterred by exaggerated influences of the Fayose administration” he added.
NAN reports that Adewale began his political career as a candidate for the Lagos House of Assembly on the platform of labour party, he later joined the PDP and contested for the House of Reps in 2011 and Senate on 2015 respectively in the party’s platform.