No fewer than 72 members of the Ekiti State Traditional Council of Chiefs have endorsed the candidatures of the gubernatorial candidate of Accord Party in the Ekiti State June 18 governorship election, Basorun Reuben Famuyibo.
The monarchs, at their monthly meeting held in Omuo-Oke Ekiti, not only endorsed Famuyibo for the governorship seat, they also took time to pray specially for his success at the polls, emphatically praying that he would emerge the governor of Ekiti State, come June 18.
The traditional rulers made this known at an interactive session Famuyibo held with them, where he reminded those making them who were in the know nad those not aware the vital role he played to ensure that Ekiti Star came into existence in 1997.
Famuyibo also used the opportunity of the interaction to inform the custodians of Ekiti tradition and culture what he would do for Ekiti and its people, if given the mandate to lead them.
Among his plans for Ekiti were: creation of cottage industries in each local government area of Ekiti State; payment of 13th month salary to all categories of Ekiti State; creation of jobs for teeming Ekiti graduates and youths who have become okada operators; improvement of the health sector, to ensure that each local government has a cottage hospital to cater for the health of the people; and partnering with foreign investors to revive majority of the moribund enterprises in Ekiti, amazing many other promises.
He told the monarchs, “Enough of the suffering in Ekiti. Enough of the rotation of Ekiti governorship seat among the same set of people. If you give me the opportunity, I promise not to let you down. I pledge not to disappoint you. Let us try a new hand and a new party that has no godfather anywhere to dictate the tune.”
He also intimated the monarchs how his journey for the governorship of Ekiti began with the call from former governor of the state, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, to him to join the race to liberate Ekiti from the stagnation the state had found itself since the advent of the present democratic dispensation.
He, however, expressed dismay that midway into the journey, Otunba Adebayo reneged, saying that his hands were tied and made a u-turn. He informed the monarchs that he had toured all the wards in Ekiti State, and even went to Abuja to pick the All Progressives Congress nomination forms, only to be told by a state governor that Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi already had a candidate he had presented to them.
He revealed that his desire to liberate Ekiti people made him to pitch his tent with Accord Party, which he said has no godfather to dictate the tune.
Leading a special prayer session for Basorun Famuyibo, after the interactive session, the Elesure of Esure Ekiti, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adebanji Ajibola, committed Famuyibo and his aspiration into God’s hand, praying God to make his becoming Ekiti governor a possibility.