Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The son of the former Ondo State Governor, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua, has predicted that the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose’s continuity agenda will fail on the strength that the governor has not performed satisfactorily to merit such feat.
Fayose has endorsed his deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola, as his preferred candidate for the 2018 election.
Olumilua, a governorship aspirant and former Senior Special Assistant on Project Monitoring to former Governor Kayode Fayemi, observed that the state under Fayose lacks a clear cut economic focus, and this he alleged accounted for high level of poverty in the state under the present government.
He said further his former principal, Fayemi lost the 2014 governorship election because some foreigners were appointed into his cabinet, saying: “This made some home based politicians to feel aggrieved and worked against us during the election.
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) members were so aggrieved to the extent that they worked against us on the day of election. The defection of Hon Opeyemi Bamidele also affected us. But this time, we will put our house in order.”
Speaking in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Olumilua regretted that the government under Fayose has not done enough in the areas of agriculture and youth empowerment as witnessed during the past APC-led government.
Olumilua added that he expected the state to make progress in rice production like Kebbi, Ogun and Lagos States “because Ekiti State has a comparative advantage owing to favourable climatic and soil conditions.
“The largest employer of labour in the state is agriculture, but what have we done about it? Israel is a desert but it exports food items even to Nigeria. Ekiti State has one of the best climate in the world, so if properly harnessed, can feed Africa.
“It is sad that nothing is propelling our economy, even foods are more
expensive in the state, a majorly agrarian environment, than in Ibadan and Lagos.”
He said Ekiti State core values of industry and scholarship are gradually being eroded, adding that all these will be critically addressed to make the state regain its lost glories.
On the anti-graft war of the APC government, Olumilua urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be more proactive to ensure that looters have no breathing space in the APC-led federal government.
Olumilua stated that President Buhari has done well in the area of loot recovery but added that many corrupt individuals must be committed to jail to serve as deterrent to others.