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Ekiti 2018: Buhari’s Honour on Abiola ‘II get more Votes for Fayemi – Ex-lawmaker


The Deputy Director General of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation in Ekiti State, Hon. Bamidele Faparusi, has declared that  the honour conferred on the late Chief Moshood Kashimaawo Abiola, as the winner of the June 12 annulled election would help President Muhamadu Buhari to garner  more votes in the Southwest in 2019 and Dr.Kayode Fayemi ahead of the July 14 poll in Ekiti State.

Faparusi, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC) , appealed to the southwest people to reciprocate the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC  government’s gesture with massive votes,  at both the July 14 governorship votes in Ekiti State and next year’s presidential election.

He said the honour bestowed on this great Nigerian  as icon of democracy by President Buhari , leading to declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day, would relieve the family of the late politician of the burden of oppression and repression caused by the then military government.

In a statement made available to The Politico , Faparusi said the step taken by Buhari has shored up his acceptability in the southwest and this he said would  translate to votes in 2019 presidential poll.

Faparusi expressed elation that the federal government’s gesture came as the right time when the July 14 Ekiti governorship election was gathering momentum, saying Buhari’s landmark steps will help the candidate of the APC, Dr Kayode Fayemi in the poll.

“The southwest people are grateful people who know how to appreciate and reciprocate good gestures. They voted for the late MKO Abiola in the cancelled June 12 presidential election not because he was from the region, but for his good philanthropic deeds across Nigeria.

“The region shouldn’t be oblivious of one fact, former President Olusegun Obasanjo was the greatest beneficiary of Abiola’s demise and he  never deemed it fit to give him posthumous honour for paying supreme price for Nigeria to assume democratic rule.

“Chief Obasanjo presided over a democratically constituted government for eight years and the issue of June 12 had no strand of meaning to him. This particular action made the bold step taken by President Buhari more rewarding. It signposted great honour,  not only for the southwest but the entire Nigerians.

“We must reciprocate the gesture by embracing APC in the southwest region. We must start manifesting this by voting massively for Dr Fayemi in 2018 election to give a sign that we are appreciative of what the government at the centre had done,” he said.

Faparusi expressed confidence that the electorate will vote for Dr Fayemi in the coming election, saying people were already disillusioned with Governor Ayodele Fayose’s government that was owing salaries and pensions of workers.

“There is no town you visit  that you won’t see anger on the faces of our people. Salaries and pensions are not paid for eight months.

“You could only see infrastructures being built in only two  out 133 towns in this state , which showed gross abandonment of the grassroots. No social security, no jobs, no security anywhere except deception and looting of the people’s commonwealth .

“All these were not witnessed under Dr Fayemi between 2010 and 2014 and we are coming the second term to reenact that magic wand that will help set Ekiti on a faster pace of economic development”.



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