Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has formally expressed his intention to seek re-election. On Sunday he issued a statement in Ado-Ekiti, which he personally signed, declaring that he had thrown his hat into the ring for the June 21 governorship poll.
Fayemi also named his re-election campaign team. A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Bimbo Daramola of Ekiti North Federal Constituency 1, is the Director General of the re-election campaign.
Fayemi’s statement followed the release on Friday by the Independent National Electoral Commission of the timetable for 2015 poll in which the commission lumped the schedule for the 2015 elections with that of election in Ekiti and Osun.
According to INEC, the gubernatorial election in Ekiti would hold on June 21 while that of Osun will be July 9.
In his swift statement, Fayemi said: “Following the groundswell of support by leaders and members of our party as well as the generality of Ekiti people from the nooks and crannies of Ekiti State and in the Diaspora, it is with a profound sense of gratitude and responsibility that I today accept the calls by our people to seek re-election for a second term in office. You have made the calls, and today I have opted to act in deference to those sacred calls by throwing my hat into the ring for a free and fair contestation for the exalted office for a second term.”
He said: “Our people can faithfully testify that together the Collective Rescue Mission we promised at the outset of our first term in office has crystalised. Indeed our people can testify to how we have rescued Ekiti State from the years of locusts and returned our dear state to the path of respectability, stability and development. Our people can affirm that we have kept faith with the Roadmap to Ekiti Recovery – our 8-points agenda. Every stratum of Ekiti State can see our footprints on those key sectors we promised to touch. My readiness to heed your calls today is therefore a demonstration of our collective commitment to continue the good work we have begun.”
During the third anniversary of Fayemi’s administration, various interest groups namely women, youth, artisans as well as leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress from the 16 local government areas of the state called on Governor Fayemi to seek re-election for a second term.
“My decision to heed the calls of our people following the plethora of endorsements I have received from the leaders and members of our party does not translate to the closure of the political space for contest. I therefore look forward to fair competition from my co-aspirants within and outside our party. I look forward to very robust debates and issue- based campaign.”
In the statement, Fayemi named a member of the House of Representatives representing Ekiti North Federal Constituency 1, as the D-G of the re-election campaign.
He will be assisted by Hon. Biodun Omoleye, the Special Adviser (Policy and Strategy) to the governor as the Deputy Director General of the campaign, while Sanmi Omiata will serve as the in-house Communications Director of the campaign.
Bunmi Adelugba will be Director of Finance and Administration while Dimeji Daniels is the campaign spokesperson.