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Nigeria: Fayose declares Presidential ambition under PDP
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By Biodun Folarin
September 28, 2017 14:16:06pm GMT      |      Views: 595
Governor Ayo Fayose

WorldStage Newsonline-- The Ekiti State Governor, Peter Ayodele Fayose on Thursday declared his intention to contest the 2019 Presidential Election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and vowed to defeat the incumbent, President Mohammadu Buhari in a free and fair election.

‎Speaking to a mammoth crowd that came to witness his official public declaration for the pump job, Fayose declared that he was in the race to win and be sworn-in as the next President ‎ of the country come May 29, 2019.

He stated that God made 17 Nigerians ‎and being one of them, Nigerians should watch out for his eventual emergency as the next President as the likes of Buhari, Jonathan, and the late Umar Musa Yar’adu never thought of being the Presidents but later manifested as ordained by the Almighty God.

He declared that the era of packaged Governors or President come 2019 is gone forever saying,”we don’t want packaged governors or President again, this time around we need a very agile, an experienced fellow like me.”

According to him, “my inviting you today, distinguished leaders of our party, is to inform you formally that I will be seeking the ticket of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to contest the 2019 presidential election. This is without prejudice to our party’s position.

 “However, I am a supporter of competence and capacity, especially now that this country needs young and able leaders that can take our country out of this present state of hopelessness.

 “Most importantly, despite that the party has zoned the presidency to the North, it may interest you that no one has come out in this manner to show interest and our party should not wait or beg anyone to fly its flag. Do we now say that if no one comes out from the North, the party won’t have a candidate?

“Going down memory lane, in 1999 and 2003, despite that our party zoned the presidency to the South, the likes of Alhaji Abubakar Rimi of blessed memory and Chief Banabas Gemade contested the ticket.

 “Also in 2007, some party members from the South did not only declare their intention to contest, they also showed interest and obtained nomination Forms. Those from the South were; Chief Victor Attah, Dr. Peter Odili, Dr. Sam Egwu, Dr. Donald Duke, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, Owelle Rochas Okorocha among others.

 “This, in itself, assisted in deepening democracy. Our party must not lose sight that Nigerians at this period are desirous of a President with demonstrated capacity to change their fortunes. Furthermore, we must be mindful of the fact that our party needs a candidate like me, with a penchant for defeating incumbents.”

 Governor who expressed his conviction of being the next President come 2019 said, “Twice, I defeated incumbents to become the Governor of Ekiti State and I am confident that with your support as my party leaders and supporters, I will defeat the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, in a free and fair election. 

“Not on the basis of ethnicity, religion, political affiliations and the percentage of votes but on equity and justice as citizens of one nation, one people, and one destiny.

“In Ekiti State where I am presently the governor, our success story in education is there for all to see. Ekiti State was number 29th in 2014 NECO examinations but within two years, we were able to move the State to number one in 2016 and again in 2017. Also in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), Ekiti State’s performance, which was 25 percent in 2014, moved to 74.86 percent in 2017.

“We were able to revive this sector because we placed our teachers in the driver-seat of our policies. We will do the same at the national level because we are mindful of the fact that education is the bedrock of the development of any nation.

 “As a governor, I encouraged my children to attend schools here in Nigeria and I have never travelled abroad for Medicare. This, I hope to sustain as president of Nigeria by making sure that our schools and health facilities are of international standard. The Governor promised that if given the mandate, the nation’s justice system will be such that judges will not be molested and the common people of this country will see our courts as truly their last hope while our security system will make all Nigerians feel safe living in their own country.”

He also pledged that the fight against corruption under his regime would not be selective but total.

‎Speakers at the occasion spoke of the exemplary character of Governor Fayose which if given the mandate to rule the nation, the country would within few months regain her lost glory in the Committee of nations.

The Speakers at the event include, Dr. Iyiola Omisore, former Osun State Deputy Governor, Chief Tajudeen Oladipupo, former National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode, Hon Ladi Adebutu, Chief Sikirulai Ogundele, and Dr, (Mrs) Modupe Alade, the secretary to the Ekiti State Government .

They described Fayose as the voice of the voiceless who would not disappoint the masses if voted into power being a tested and trusted hand and a man of integrity.

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