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No Experienced Person Has Governed Ekiti Since 1999

20 Dec 2012

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Former Governor Ayo Fayose

Toba Suleiman 
in Ado-Ekiti


A former deputy governor in Ekiti State, Chief Abiodun Aluko, has said all the political leaders who have ruled the state since 1999 to date do not have the required cognate experience to administer the state.

Aluko, who was deputy to former Governor Ayo Fayose, before he was impeached in 2005 for gross misconduct, is among several other governorship aspirants contesting the 2014 governorship election in the state.

Speaking at a rally yesterday in Ikere-Ekiti, while kick-starting his governorship ambition for the 2014 election, Aluko said it was saddening that since 1999, people without experience had been governing the state.

According to him, it was only Segun Oni, who worked in the corporate sector before becoming the governor that had experience to govern the state.

 “My experiences both at the Ondo State Civil Service and in private practice are enough for me to govern Ekiti well. I was the brain behind the successes recorded by Governor Ayo Fayose, because I supervised the drawing of the blueprint that guided that administration,” he said.

Aluko said he joined the governorship contest because the state had not been lucky to have those with administrative experience to govern it since 1999.

Speaking on the internal crisis occasioned by the conduct of the party congresses on March 18, 2012, Aluko advocated the expansion of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state working committee to 40-member executive to accommodate the aggrieved members.

He said the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamagar Tukur, should initiate the process following agitations by aggrieved members for harmonisation of the SWC.

It would be recalled that agitations for harmonisation of the party executive was high shortly after the Congress where the new PDP Chairman, Mr. Makanjuola Ogundipe, trounced his challenger and former Governor’s Segun Oni’s candidate, Mr. Akin Omole.

Aluko, who did not support the disbandment of the Ogundipe-led Executive, maintained that the National leadership of the party can grant the State EXCO the indulgence to expand, so that those who lost out in the Congress can be injected to be part of the decision-making organ.

“In the election, someone polled 318 to defeat the main challenger who polled 310. So, it will be difficult for those victorious in the Congress to sideline those who lost out because the election was too close. But I want to emphasise that the present Executive should be allowed to stay, but new offices can be created because the 14-member Executive is not sacrosanct, so that peace can reign,” he said.

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