Ekiti 2018: Why I Want To Be Governor - Kayode Ojo



Kayode Ojo
Engineer Kayode Ojo was born in 1970 to the family of the High Chief Joshua Akanbi Ojo (Ajolopo), the Eisaba of Ikoro Ekiti, Ijero Local Government of who recently passed away.  He studied Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at the Federal University of Technology of Akure (FUTA) where he graduated in 1991 before he served at Mobil Nigeria Plc in Lagos, and then went on to work in Niger Delta Region in the Oil and Gas Industry being a service provider. He is also into civil and infrastructure of construction. 
Eng Kayode Ojo who has cut business teeth with his father’s business acumen, is a family man. In this exclusive interview with our ASSITANT EDITOR, KOLAWOLE OGUNTAYO, Kayode Ojo declared his governorship ambition and disclosed how he wants to turn the fortunes Ekiti around when he eventually emerges the governor. Have a wonderful reading;


HOW DID YOUR GROWING UP LOOK LIKE?

I was born in Ibadan on the first of August 1970 where I was brought up. I had my elementary and early secondary education in Ibadan, though my father always took us to Ikoro Ekiti I could remember vividly I started going home with him since when I was about eight years particularly in 1978 when my father buried his mother. That was when my memory of Ekiti started pumping out because it was a grand event and since then I fell in love with Ekiti as we were always willing to come to Ekiti. The burial was like a cultural event of the whole town, so I have been coming around and I finished my secondary school at Federal Government College Ido Ani after which I immediately gained admission into the Federal University of Technology, Akure in Ondo State. I did my Youth Service in the old Old Bornu State. I did my camp at Maiduguri but redeployed to Lagos where I served with Mobil oil Nigeria Plc. When I finished my youth service, I got a job with an American company and was transferred to Eket in Akwa Ibom State where I lived for like seven years during which I started my first service business before I moved to Calabar. From there I moved to Port Harcourt and worked there for like ten years and thereafter I moved back to Lagos.

WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO IKORO, YOUR HOMETOWN AND EKITI AT LARGE?

Talking about my contributions, I will say it is a lot and at the same time I will say it is not much simply because I am not yet fulfilled. You see, my dad was a big man in the town so to say and so powerful, so everything we wanted to do then was always under his umbrella as you will understand this Yoruba adage which says: Erin kiifonkiomotunfon. So we were always rooting our development programme for Ikoro through our dad who by then was the Acting monarch because there was no Oba in the town for several years precisely 24yrs ( Until His Excellency Gov Segun Oni then ,graciously intervened and helped us resolved the impasse) and as the second in command also died leaving my father who was the third in command in the saddle. So, most of the developmental things done by me were rooted through him and that was how we were brought up. Out of the 24 years that my father spent as the third in command to the Oba, he ran the town for 15 years out of it and I was living outside the State then. With the interest of Ekiti which he had already built in us, I was always looking for any Ekiti man that came to Port Harcourt, set them up business wise, advised and assisted in making a living in Port Harcourt. If you are an Ekiti man and you are posted to Port Harcourt to serve, you stay in my house for free and thereafter, I help them find jobs. As a matter of fact, helping Ekiti indigene to get a lot of opportunity became my area of specialization apart from employing some of them where I was working and giving some people scholarship at home.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE YOUTH IF EVENLUALLY ELECTED THE GOVERNOR?

Our Main focus will be wealth creation through the massive development of our people , One of the example is youths and women development, as we are aware, the youths and women folks are very key to development of any nation because I believe the youth are always much more energetic and forward looking and this is why the bible says we should remember the time of youth to use it for God and when you serve humanity, you are invariably serving God. The youth have a lot of life ahead of them but they have been denied a lot of opportunity in this nation and that is why there is no plan for them. You will want to say most of our  past governors were youths at those times, but come to think of it, you will note that I am even almost getting out of the bracket of those I refer to as youth because the most productive time of a youth is usually  between ages 25 and 50, those are formative years.  Particularly I looked at the youth from the prism of education.  You know, providing scholarship and bursary for the youth that are really ready and have distinguished themselves in academic areas.  That is the key part of our plans. There will be programmes for skill acquisition training and retraining in Master craft areas, because we are going to need a lot of skilled craftsmen when we kick start the developmental projects and urban renewal ones all over the state. We are going to pay a special focus and attention on Sports development because not everybody that can go to school, bbe a craftsman or get to the university level or be a professor. We have so many people that are like Lionel Messi, Oscar, Di Maria, Usain Bolt, Floyd Mayweather , Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, Victor Moses, Mikel Obi etc  We have so many sport people that are here but we are presently killing their talent because they have no opportunity to express themselves.  So we are going to seriously focus on youth and sports development because it is only the youth that still have the energy to do all these.  Hardly will you see an elderly person doing sports except sports like golf not the real energy dissipating games.  We will invest massively in sports and I can tell you after agriculture and industrialization, the next on our agenda is sport.

WHAT IS YOUR POLITICAL BACKGROUND BEFORE ASPIRING TO BE GOVERNOR?

I have always been in the progressive family even when I never joined active politics. I have always supported the progressives because sometimes in memorial if you look at the progressives, they are the ones that have really done anything meaningful in Nigeria. Any major development is always during the administration of the progressives and I have always been like a silent lubricant servicing the engine room of the progressive governments across this nation.  The PDP had ruled Nigeria at the national level for 16 years which explained why the nation was backward whereas if this country had been ruled by the progressive, the nation would have been turned around. We can see example of what I am saying in Lagos which has been a role model.  So as a party, I have always supported the progressive since the period of Alliance for Democracy, Action Congress, Action Congress of Nigeria and of course since the formation of the All Progressive Congress. There is nobody that have been running for offices even up to the presidency that I have not been supporting financially and with material things anytime there is an election even after the election to stabilize the government.  I attend meetings with them and put ideas across for implementation to better the lot of our people.

WHY ARE YOU NOW DUMPING THIS SUPPORTIVE ROLE TO ACTIVE POLITICKING AND STARTING WITH THE GOVERNORSHIP?

Well, that’s a brilliant question. It is a very important question which I have been expecting anyway.  You know, I have been sponsoring quite a lot of people, supporting them financially, materially and so on.  Majority of the people were outside Ekiti in reality.  In the last election of 2014 I supported Dr Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti because he his our leader, even when I didn’t know him while he didn’t also know me. I did a lot of T-shirts which I brought to Ekiti for him from the US. Now on why I came to Ekiti, well I will tell you is because though I support people, some make it, I mean majority of them make it while some didn’t, but I now considered my home, I mean my home state and it looks abandoned with nothing majorly happening there. There is no development, so I thought about it and decided that if I am supporting people and my state is there languishing in underdevelopment, what am I doing? With my wide experience and network that I have garnered both locally and internationally, I know what Ekiti can become. So why do I need to leave it in the hand of somebody who may or may not even have the executional agenda or dexterity to fix it? That is the reason why I came into this area.  On the second leg of your question as to why not another position other than the governorship seat, I think about two or three factors. The first factor is my age. I am one of the people that believe in youthfulness when you want to run for governorship. Like I said earlier on, I’m even almost getting out of the age bracket for governorship. I believe for someone to go for governorship, he or she should be 35 and maximum of 50 years. If you pass that age, you go for senate unless there is something else you want other than for service.  You think the drafters of our constitution didn’t know what they were doing when they pegged the age limit for various positions? For councillorship it is 21 years, for Local government Chairmanship it is 25 years, for governorship of a State it is 35 years and for the President of the country it is pegged at 40 years and above but unfortunately, you see people who are very old still struggling to be governor in a State endowed with young enterprising people.
The main reason why I am gunning for governorship is because I know for you to touch the lives of the people directly is when you are in control and people can hold you accountable. With executive power, one can get a number of things done in the State. The second reason for coming straight to governorship is because I know all the packages that have been lined up and I will also tell you spiritually that I heard the voice that directed me more or less like that of the Isaiah that says: “whom shall I send?” to which I said: “here I am, send me, I will go.” I am ready to go and lead our people out of the wilderness by combining the forces of biblical Moses with that of Joshua to get to the Promised Land. Yes, you may be wondering that where does this man come from without the usual political profile of the so called men of timber and caliber but surely I tell you victory is of the Lord and not for the mighty.  Now, look at from this biblical angle, Moses was a stammerer while his successor, Joshua was described as not being one of the smartest people. This was how people rationalized it because he settled the Israelites in the desert area, the portion in the middle east  that has no oil (laughs). He could have settled them in Jordan or in Iraq.

DON’T YOU SEE THE EMERGENCE OF ANOTHER ASPIRANT FROM YOUR TOWN, A ONE-WARD TOWN, AS A SETBACK TO YOUR AMBITION?

You see, a lot of people see it as a negative thing but I actually see it as positive thing because it shows the strength and capability of Ikoro people. In the first instance, Ikoro is too big to be just a ward. It should be at least three wards with its large voting bloc but like I said, it is strength for us to have three or two capable people who can lead the State so I have nothing against people coming out to express themselves. If at the end of the day, delegates decide to support one of us, then I expect the other person to support who emerges. You see, Dr Bayo Oriire is a wonderful man, he his like a father to me. So if they choose him, I will support him.

CAN WE NOW TALK ABOUT THE GEO-POLITICAL ADVANTAGE? DON’T YOU THINK THE ZONING ARRANGEMENT MAY NOT FAVOUR YOU?

Well, I believe this zoning issue is actually a non-starter. Ekiti is presently in ICU (Intensive Care Unit), so right now we need the best guy from Ekitiland to lead this State to chart the cause for the future and modern Ekiti. It does not matter where the person comes from. This is my first rational that I will tell you it is really unfair for anyone to talk of zoning agenda.  In all the past election in Ekiti, there has never been any election whereby all the parties fielded aspirants from one zone. I mean you are here, you are probably on ground than I. now tell me, Has it ever happened that people from one zone did not contest, leaving it for one zone since the democratic dispensation when Ekiti was created. Was it when Otunba Niyi Adebayo emerged in a fierce battle with the likes of Dr Bode Olowoporoku from the South among others? Was it when Governor Ayo Fayose from the central slugged it out with Professor Tunde Adeniran from the North in the PDP primaries in 2002/2003 or when the likes of Alhaji Musa Ayeni, Surveyor Abiodun Aluko and Ropo Ogunbolude just to mention few from the South Senatorial district contested in various parties both at primary and general elections? At the primary election that produced Dr Kayode Fayemi didn’t Prince Dayo Adeyeye from the Ise Ekiti or Chief Paul Alabi from IjeshaIsu contest against him or are they not from the South senatorial district? So let there be a level plain ground for everyone who is qualified and competent to contest and whoever the Ekiti people want to lead them will emerge. If the person is from South so be it, we shall all support the person. As long as he is an Ekiti man and not that a foreigner, I mean a non Ekiti man is imposed on us. People may not even realize that I have Southern heritage from my maternal side as well. So it is very clear now that people are really looking onto us for a clean and clear primary election and we should put our house in order to achieve a primary devoid of rancour and acrimony. It saddens me when I see or hear aspirants attacking one another or their supporters making unpalatable comments which eventually the opposition will throw back at them when one of them eventually emerges as the flag bearer. By the special grace of God we shall set the standard for governorship by the time we emerge as the governor in this State which shall be in the next election.

HOW WILL YOU RATE THE INCUMBENT GOVERNOR IN THE STATE?

You know, if I say this, a lot of people will say “ah! Why is he talking like this?” I only met Governor Fayose once in my life and when I met him was when he was just out of his first regime.  In fact I met him at Lekki, Lagos.  He came for one party and I was there, then my brother who was also at the party introduced him to me and I said: “hi” and that was all I know of him. Talking politically now, I think the man has some good attributes, you understand, which is his boldness and he tries to present his strength which is not bad for any leader, but unfortunately those attributes were not channeled to the areas that can positively affect the lives of common Ekiti man beyond his tokenism approach. That is the irony of life. If he could channel that strength to the development of Ekiti, if he does it properly, it would have been better. You see, I am not one man that politicize everything. It doesn’t matter what party you belong if you do well, I will say you do well if you do not I will say otherwise but right now what Ekiti needs is a selfless and an executioner leader. Our governor presently is offering his best efforts, I believe we need better approach and attempt to make our State a much more better place for all and sundry. A leader with entrepreneurial mind and focus that will work to create wealth for Ekiti so that we can stop eating our seed, so that we can plant our seed and eat the fruit and someone who is passionate, who knows how to implement policy is what we need.  You see, policy makers are different from executioners. What Ekiti needs now is entrepreneurship. We have to run Ekiti like a business but the business with safety net, social safety net for the people because the purchasing power of Ekiti people right now is very low. The poverty level is too much. Some might argue that if you look at the poverty index in Nigeria, according to established statistics, that Ekiti is not very down the ladder, we know within ourselves that the poverty is too high and with the fact that Ekiti people are known for education alone should make us to be rich, infact, if not the riches state in Nigeria and I can tell you a lot of people may be saying it is just talking. This state will very soon become the richest state in Nigeria from what our leadership will create. That is my Vision for our Dear State. God Bless, the good people of Ekiti State and God bless Nigeria.


The EndEngineer Kayode Ojo was born in 1970 to the family of the High Chief Joshua Akanbi Ojo (Ajolopo), the Eisaba of Ikoro Ekiti, Ijero Local Government of who recently passed away.  He studied Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at the Federal University of Technology of Akure (FUTA) where he graduated in 1991 before he served at Mobil Nigeria Plc in Lagos, and then went on to work in Niger Delta Region in the Oil and Gas Industry being a service provider. He is also into civil and infrastructure of construction.
Eng Kayode Ojo who has cut business teeth with his father’s business acumen, is a family man. In this exclusive interview with our ASSITANT EDITOR, KOLAWOLE OGUNTAYO, Kayode Ojo declared his governorship ambition and disclosed how he wants to turn the fortunes Ekiti around when he eventually emerges the governor. Have a wonderful reading;
HOW DID YOUR GROWING UP LOOK LIKE?
I was born in Ibadan on the first of August 1970 where I was brought up. I had my elementary and early secondary education in Ibadan, though my father always took us to Ikoro Ekiti I could remember vividly I started going home with him since when I was about eight years particularly in 1978 when my father buried his mother. That was when my memory of Ekiti started pumping out because it was a grand event and since then I fell in love with Ekiti as we were always willing to come to Ekiti. The burial was like a cultural event of the whole town, so I have been coming around and I finished my secondary school at Federal Government College IdoAni after which I immediately gained admission into the Federal University of Technology, Akure in Ondo State. I did my Youth Service in the old Old Bornu State. I did my camp at Maiduguri but redeployed to Lagos where I served with Mobil oil Nigeria Plc. When I finished my youth service, I got a job with an American company and was transferred to Eket in Akwa Ibom State where I lived for like seven years during which I started my first service business before I moved to Calabar. From there I moved to Port Harcourt and worked there for like ten years and thereafter I moved back to Lagos.
WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO IKORO, YOUR HOMETOWN AND EKITI AT LARGE?
Talking about my contributions, I will say it is a lot and at the same time I will say it is not much simply because I am not yet fulfilled. You see, my dad was a big man in the town so to say and so powerful, so everything we wanted to do then was always under his umbrella as you will understand this Yoruba adage which says: Erin kiifonkiomotunfon. So we were always rooting our development programme for Ikoro through our dad who by then was the Acting monarch because there was no Oba in the town for several years precisely 24yrs ( Until His Excellency Gov Segun Oni then ,graciously intervened and helped us resolved the impasse) and as the second in command also died leaving my father who was the third in command in the saddle. So, most of the developmental things done by me were rooted through him and that was how we were brought up. Out of the 24 years that my father spent as the third in command to the Oba, he ran the town for 15 years out of it and I was living outside the State then. With the interest of Ekiti which he had already built in us, I was always looking for any Ekiti man that came to Port Harcourt, set them up business wise, advised and assisted in making a living in Port Harcourt. If you are an Ekiti man and you are posted to Port Harcourt to serve, you stay in my house for free and thereafter, I help them find jobs. As a matter of fact, helping Ekiti indigene to get a lot of opportunity became my area of specialization apart from employing some of them where I was working and giving some people scholarship at home.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE YOUTH IF EVENLUALLY ELECTED THE GOVERNOR?
Our Main focus will be wealth creation through the massive development of our people , One of the example is youths and women development, as we are aware, the youths and women folks are very key to development of any nation because I believe the youth are always much more energetic and forward looking and this is why the bible says we should remember the time of youth to use it for God and when you serve humanity, you are invariably serving God. The youth have a lot of life ahead of them but they have been denied a lot of opportunity in this nation and that is why there is no plan for them. You will want to say most of our  past governors were youths at those times, but come to think of it, you will note that I am even almost getting out of the bracket of those I refer to as youth because the most productive time of a youth is usually  between ages 25 and 50, those are formative years.  Particularly I looked at the youth from the prism of education.  You know, providing scholarship and bursary for the youth that are really ready and have distinguished themselves in academic areas.  That is the key part of our plans. There will be programmes for skill acquisition training and retraining in Master craft areas, because we are going to need a lot of skilled craftsmen when we kick start the developmental projects and urban renewal ones all over the state. We are going to pay a special focus and attention on Sports development because not everybody that can go to school, bbe a craftsman or get to the university level or be a professor. We have so many people that are like Lionel Messi, Oscar, Di Maria, Usain Bolt, Floyd Mayweather , Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, Victor Moses, Mikel Obi etc  We have so many sport people that are here but we are presently killing their talent because they have no opportunity to express themselves.  So we are going to seriously focus on youth and sports development because it is only the youth that still have the energy to do all these.  Hardly will you see an elderly person doing sports except sports like golf not the real energy dissipating games.  We will invest massively in sports and I can tell you after agriculture and industrialization, the next on our agenda is sport.
WHAT IS YOUR POLITICAL BACKGROUND BEFORE ASPIRING TO BE GOVERNOR?
I have always been in the progressive family even when I never joined active politics. I have always supported the progressives because sometimes in memorial if you look at the progressives, they are the ones that have really done anything meaningful in Nigeria. Any major development is always during the administration of the progressives and I have always been like a silent lubricant servicing the engine room of the progressive governments across this nation.  The PDP had ruled Nigeria at the national level for 16 years which explained why the nation was backward whereas if this country had been ruled by the progressive, the nation would have been turned around. We can see example of what I am saying in Lagos which has been a role model.  So as a party, I have always supported the progressive since the period of Alliance for Democracy, Action Congress, Action Congress of Nigeria and of course since the formation of the All Progressive Congress. There is nobody that have been running for offices even up to the presidency that I have not been supporting financially and with material things anytime there is an election even after the election to stabilize the government.  I attend meetings with them and put ideas across for implementation to better the lot of our people.
WHY ARE YOU NOW DUMPING THIS SUPPORTIVE ROLE TO ACTIVE POLITICKING AND STARTING WITH THE GOVERNORSHIP?
Well, that’s a brilliant question. It is a very important question which I have been expecting anyway.  You know, I have been sponsoring quite a lot of people, supporting them financially, materially and so on.  Majority of the people were outside Ekiti in reality.  In the last election of 2014 I supported Dr Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti because he his our leader, even when I didn’t know him while he didn’t also know me. I did a lot of T-shirts which I brought to Ekiti for him from the US. Now on why I came to Ekiti, well I will tell you is because though I support people, some make it, I mean majority of them make it while some didn’t, but I now considered my home, I mean my home state and it looks abandoned with nothing majorly happening there. There is no development, so I thought about it and decided that if I am supporting people and my state is there languishing in underdevelopment, what am I doing? With my wide experience and network that I have garnered both locally and internationally, I know what Ekiti can become. So why do I need to leave it in the hand of somebody who may or may not even have the executional agenda or dexterity to fix it? That is the reason why I came into this area.  On the second leg of your question as to why not another position other than the governorship seat, I think about two or three factors. The first factor is my age. I am one of the people that believe in youthfulness when you want to run for governorship. Like I said earlier on, I’m even almost getting out of the age bracket for governorship. I believe for someone to go for governorship, he or she should be 35 and maximum of 50 years. If you pass that age, you go for senate unless there is something else you want other than for service.  You think the drafters of our constitution didn’t know what they were doing when they pegged the age limit for various positions? For councillorship it is 21 years, for Local government Chairmanship it is 25 years, for governorship of a State it is 35 years and for the President of the country it is pegged at 40 years and above but unfortunately, you see people who are very old still struggling to be governor in a State endowed with young enterprising people.
The main reason why I am gunning for governorship is because I know for you to touch the lives of the people directly is when you are in control and people can hold you accountable. With executive power, one can get a number of things done in the State. The second reason for coming straight to governorship is because I know all the packages that have been lined up and I will also tell you spiritually that I heard the voice that directed me more or less like that of the Isaiah that says: “whom shall I send?” to which I said: “here I am, send me, I will go.” I am ready to go and lead our people out of the wilderness by combining the forces of biblical Moses with that of Joshua to get to the Promised Land. Yes, you may be wondering that where does this man come from without the usual political profile of the so called men of timber and caliber but surely I tell you victory is of the Lord and not for the mighty.  Now, look at from this biblical angle, Moses was a stammerer while his successor, Joshua was described as not being one of the smartest people. This was how people rationalized it because he settled the Israelites in the desert area, the portion in the middle east  that has no oil (laughs). He could have settled them in Jordan or in Iraq.
DON’T YOU SEE THE EMERGENCE OF ANOTHER ASPIRANT FROM YOUR TOWN, A ONE-WARD TOWN, AS A SETBACK TO YOUR AMBITION?
You see, a lot of people see it as a negative thing but I actually see it as positive thing because it shows the strength and capability of Ikoro people. In the first instance, Ikoro is too big to be just a ward. It should be at least three wards with its large voting bloc but like I said, it is strength for us to have three or two capable people who can lead the State so I have nothing against people coming out to express themselves. If at the end of the day, delegates decide to support one of us, then I expect the other person to support who emerges. You see, Dr Bayo Oriire is a wonderful man, he his like a father to me. So if they choose him, I will support him.
CAN WE NOW TALK ABOUT THE GEO-POLITICAL ADVANTAGE? DON’T YOU THINK THE ZONING ARRANGEMENT MAY NOT FAVOUR YOU?
Well, I believe this zoning issue is actually a non-starter. Ekiti is presently in ICU (Intensive Care Unit), so right now we need the best guy from Ekitiland to lead this State to chart the cause for the future and modern Ekiti. It does not matter where the person comes from. This is my first rational that I will tell you it is really unfair for anyone to talk of zoning agenda.  In all the past election in Ekiti, there has never been any election whereby all the parties fielded aspirants from one zone. I mean you are here, you are probably on ground than I. now tell me, Has it ever happened that people from one zone did not contest, leaving it for one zone since the democratic dispensation when Ekiti was created. Was it when Otunba Niyi Adebayo emerged in a fierce battle with the likes of Dr Bode Olowoporoku from the South among others? Was it when Governor Ayo Fayose from the central slugged it out with Professor Tunde Adeniran from the North in the PDP primaries in 2002/2003 or when the likes of Alhaji Musa Ayeni, Surveyor Abiodun Aluko and Ropo Ogunbolude just to mention few from the South Senatorial district contested in various parties both at primary and general elections? At the primary election that produced Dr Kayode Fayemi didn’t Prince Dayo Adeyeye from the Ise Ekiti or Chief Paul Alabi from IjeshaIsu contest against him or are they not from the South senatorial district? So let there be a level plain ground for everyone who is qualified and competent to contest and whoever the Ekiti people want to lead them will emerge. If the person is from South so be it, we shall all support the person. As long as he is an Ekiti man and not that a foreigner, I mean a non Ekiti man is imposed on us. People may not even realize that I have Southern heritage from my maternal side as well. So it is very clear now that people are really looking onto us for a clean and clear primary election and we should put our house in order to achieve a primary devoid of rancour and acrimony. It saddens me when I see or hear aspirants attacking one another or their supporters making unpalatable comments which eventually the opposition will throw back at them when one of them eventually emerges as the flag bearer. By the special grace of God we shall set the standard for governorship by the time we emerge as the governor in this State which shall be in the next election.
HOW WILL YOU RATE THE INCUMBENT GOVERNOR IN THE STATE?
You know, if I say this, a lot of people will say “ah! Why is he talking like this?” I only met Governor Fayose once in my life and when I met him was when he was just out of his first regime.  In fact I met him at Lekki, Lagos.  He came for one party and I was there, then my brother who was also at the party introduced him to me and I said: “hi” and that was all I know of him. Talking politically now, I think the man has some good attributes, you understand, which is his boldness and he tries to present his strength which is not bad for any leader, but unfortunately those attributes were not channeled to the areas that can positively affect the lives of common Ekiti man beyond his tokenism approach. That is the irony of life. If he could channel that strength to the development of Ekiti, if he does it properly, it would have been better. You see, I am not one man that politicize everything. It doesn’t matter what party you belong if you do well, I will say you do well if you do not I will say otherwise but right now what Ekiti needs is a selfless and an executioner leader. Our governor presently is offering his best efforts, I believe we need better approach and attempt to make our State a much more better place for all and sundry. A leader with entrepreneurial mind and focus that will work to create wealth for Ekiti so that we can stop eating our seed, so that we can plant our seed and eat the fruit and someone who is passionate, who knows how to implement policy is what we need.  You see, policy makers are different from executioners. What Ekiti needs now is entrepreneurship. We have to run Ekiti like a business but the business with safety net, social safety net for the people because the purchasing power of Ekiti people right now is very low. The poverty level is too much. Some might argue that if you look at the poverty index in Nigeria, according to established statistics, that Ekiti is not very down the ladder, we know within ourselves that the poverty is too high and with the fact that Ekiti people are known for education alone should make us to be rich, infact, if not the riches state in Nigeria and I can tell you a lot of people may be saying it is just talking. This state will very soon become the richest state in Nigeria from what our leadership will create. That is my Vision for our Dear State. God Bless, the good people of Ekiti State and God bless Nigeria.

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