Many supporters in Ekiti on Friday thronged the venue of formal declaration by Mr Ayo Fayose of his intention to run in next year’s gubernatorial race in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that the supporters of Fayose, a one-time governor of the state, besieged the state Secretariat of his People Democratic Party (PDP).
?NAN also reports that the secretariat was a beehive of activities at its location along the ever busy Ajilosun-Ikere-Ekiti dual carriage way.
As early as 9 a.m., the supporters, made up of men, women, artisans and students, among others, who were clad in green uniform had virtually taken over the area, chanting support songs and beating the drums.
Their activities, which lasted more than three hours before Fayose and his entourage eventually arrived, affected both pedestrian and vehicular movements of people trapped in long hold-up.
Addressing the crowd later, Fayose said that he would be the one to occupy Ekiti State Government House in October 2014.
He pledged that he would reabsorb into the state public service, all persons that were alleged to have been sacked by incumbent Gov. Kayode Fayemi over their support for him.
Fayose assured the workers that “anybody illegally sacked or removed from office among the civil servants or teachers will be restored back to their positions.
“You know I don’t lie. When I say I will do something, I will surely do it.
“I want to assure that I will address, redress all injustice committed under this administration immediately I am sworn-in on Oct. 16, 2014,’’ Fayose said.
He said that he would forge a robust relationship with the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt Caleb Olubolade and former Governor Segun Oni to ensure that the PDP won the governorship contest.
“I want to thank Chief Segun Oni and our minister, Olubolade, who are our great leaders.
“If I become the governor, other leaders of the party will still have their representatives in government among the commissioners, special advisers, chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, among others,’’ he said.
The former governor described caretaker committees that had been administering the 16 local government areas in the state since the inception of the present government as an aberration to the running of the Local Government System.
NAN reports that shortly after his speech, Fayose handed over his letter of intent to the party Chairman, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, assisted by long list of party leaders from the six South West states.
Among the dignitaries at the event were Fayose’s wife, Feyisetan , his former Deputy, Chief Abiodun Aluko, PDP Chairman in Ogun, Mr Dayo Bayo, PDP Chairman in Lagos, Capt. Tunji Shelle, South West Zonal Youth Leader, Bolaji Jeje, among theirs.