The immediate past governor of Ekiti State and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, indicated his interest to contest for the governorship position of Ekiti State in a dramatic way.
Standing on the podium before a very large crowd at his rally in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, he dipped his hand into his pocket and brought out a red card and flagged it.
The red card, he indicated, meant that it was time up for both Governor Ayodele Fayose and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
He also declared that the red card was the reply to the White Paper with which the Fayose administration said it would stop Fayemi from contesting election having been allegedly found guilty of corruption.
Describing the allegations against him as mere lies, Fayemi declared that he would make sure that Fayose ends up in jail.
Declaring that he was on a rescue mission, Fayemi said he felt bad at the deplorable state of things in the state, owing to bad governance by Fayose.
Fayose’s government, he said, had brought “untold misery to Ekiti people through dubious and insensitive approach to governance.”
Fayemi said: “I am in the race to win. I shall be campaigning on the strength of my past achievements as governor of the state and the achievements of the President Buhari–led APC government at the centre.
“Every time I move around, I see the suffering and penury our people are going through. I saw their pain and pangs of not knowing where the next meal will come from.
“It is even more painful when you realise that all the people-oriented programmes, designed and implemented by my administration and which helped to lift the people out of poverty and misery had been cancelled.
“The social security scheme for the elderly citizens has been cancelled, Youth in Commercial Agriculture Scheme (YCAD) has been cancelled, no free education for our children, EKSTMA is no more.
“The state is no longer moving forward just because a charlatan is in the saddle. Sad.
“We will do everything that is required to win Ekiti back, they will accuse us of using federal might. Although power belongs to God and he gives it to whosoever he wishes. The PDP government in Ekiti knows their time is up and that is why they are jittery and resorting to all manners of pranks.
“They are now dangling their White Paper. Their White Paper is nothing but a tissue paper. That is why we must tell the man who is shouting around that he has a White Paper, we have a red card for him and his party. We will ensure that he ends up in jail .”
The Ekiti State governorship election is scheduled to hold on July 14, 2018.