By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti
A former Majority Leader of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, has declared his intention to run for the governorship seat in 2018 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Afuye said he was motivated to join the race because “Ekiti is in the doldrums and needs urgent rescue to restore it on the path of good governance and quality leadership” which he was ready to offer if elected.
Addressing a briefing at the weekend in his Ikere Ekiti country home, Afuye promised to anchor his administration on a four-point agenda of Rural Development, Education, Infrastructure and Youth for Enterprise Development.
Afuye who also served as Commissioner for Information and later Commissioner for Integration and Intergovernmental Affairs said his experience in both the legislative and executive arms had prepared him for the task of governing the state.
According to him, he had always been in the progressives bloc and had requisite experience in the public sector as a teacher and private sector as a banker and later as a legal practitioner to handle the top job.
He called on the leadership of the APC to conduct a credible, transparent, free and fair primary election among all aspirants who are jostling for the party’s governorship ticket noting that the increasing number of aspirants in the party would stimulate healthy competition.
The aspirant also explained that the acrimony that dogged the APC primary in Ondo State won’t repeat itself in Ekiti as the party has laid down internal conflict resolution mechanisms to resolve differences that might arise from such an exercise.
Afuye promised to empower people to create wealth which he said would have multiplier effects on the state economy and help reduce poverty in the state.
On the clamour for the governorship position by people of Ekiti South senatorial district, Afuye described it as a “genuine and legitimate agitation” but noted that whoever emerges as winner would rule over all the people of the state and not one section.
He said the people of Ekiti South had supported other zones to produce governor in the past stressing that there is nothing wrong if the gesture is reciprocated in favour of the zone this time around.