President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday asked the people of Ekiti State to embrace the ‘Change Agenda’ of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ahead of the July 14 governorship election in the state, the President said the APC and its candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, have more to offer the people than their rivals in the poll.
“My coming here today is not only to campaign but make clear the reason why Ekiti people must embrace the Change Agenda and vote for APC,” he told a gathering of party supporters in Ado-Ekiti.
“I, therefore, call on Ekiti people! Don’t allow yourself to be insulted by stomach infrastructure. Your future and the future of the upcoming generations are in your hands today. Vote for APC and grow beyond Stomach Infrastructure.”
President Buhari was convinced that the Ekiti people are a politically aware and well-informed electorate who cannot be brainwashed or deceived by anyone or party.
Stressing the need to support the APC, he highlighted the intervention projects of the Federal Government in the state, despite its current administration by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to the President, his administration has not only carried out laudable projects in Ekiti but also helped in creating employment opportunities for the indigenes in the last three years.
He said, “The APC government has executed 13 Federal Roads and Intervention Projects in Ekiti State. Some have already been completed and some are near completion.”
“Those roads that have been completed at the cost of N766,739,968.37 are the construction of infrastructure, roads drainages and asphalt finishing at Ikere Ekiti; construction of infrastructure, roads drainages and asphalt finishing at National Housing Programme sites; and the completion of emergency repairs of failed sections of Ifaki – Ikole – Omuo Road,” President Buhari added.
He listed others to include the completion of emergency repairs of failed sections of Ifaki – Ido Road and the rehabilitation of Efon Alaaye-Erinmo-Iwaraja Road which he said is about 87% completed.
“You are all aware that Ekiti State has been operating without a Federal Secretariat. The APC-led administration has also awarded the construction of a Federal Secretariat Complex in Ekiti to accommodate Federal Staff, and ensure that the state no longer operates without a Federal Secretariat as she has done since the creation of the state,” the President disclosed further.
He also stressed that there has been an unprecedented number of Federal political appointments of Ekiti indigenes in the state.
President Buhari then urged all the electoral umpire, security agencies, and other stakeholders in the election to ensure a free and fair election, as well as embrace peace and promote democracy in Nigeria.