The city of Ado Ekiti was virtually agog yesterday 9th March 2018 when the name Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to President Mohammadu Buhari on Political Matters, was all you could hear muttered on the lips of everybody in the town and across Ekiti State. Right from the preceding day, different activities were seen in strategic location in the city where all his billboards were strategically placed. Aso-Ebi, T-shirts, caps all sort of souvenirs were seen been distributed for the d-day. His house in Ado-Ekiti was a mecca of sort with preparations in top gear even as a bandstand was on standby that plays till the wee hours of Friday when the respected seasoned Journalist, Politician and activist formally declared his interest to contest the forthcoming governorship election of Ekiti State slated to hold on July 14, 2018 as he officially gives Governor Ayo Fayose quit notice from the government House
Ojudu who made a historical proclamation of his intention at the rally held at the Okeyinmi roundabout in Ado Ekiti, the State Capital amidst funfair held the city to a halt as market women, elders in the State, young and old all abandon their various activities for few hours to come and show love and support for Senator Ojudu who will be contesting under the auspices of the All Progressive Congress, APC, party.
The colorful occasion, which was witnessed by a mammoth crowd, had Fuji lord, Saheed Osupa, and Small Doctor on the bandstand dishing out songs to the delight of the crowd.
While declaring his intention, Ojudu was apt to reveal his plan for the state and the residents.
He said, “Today, I declare my desire to be the next governor of our state. Today, I ask you to join me in bringing sense back to our government house. Today, I ask you to join me in bringing better jobs to the state. I call on you indigenes and residents to join me aboard our train of progress. If you want a better life for your children, join us and let us make our state a pacesetter state. I know that the journey cannot be easy because we will have to climb mountains but our work will not be in vain”.
He promised that his administration would give priority to education, health, infrastructure, agriculture, asking, “With the resources that this state is endowed with, why are we so poor? Why are we this broke and have become a laughing stock? Why has our land become a land of grieve and pains? Can we continue like this? No, we cannot. This is the reason why I am telling you that the time has come to rescue our state from the oppressors and the time has come for the voices of our people to be heard.”
Ojudu, who assured the people that the administration of the outgoing governor, Ayodele Fayose would be probed, stated that it is time to vote out corrupt leadership in the state saying, “Say bye bye to Fayose and his useless government”.
The governorship aspirant promised that during his tenure if elected, he would not demolish houses, but respect the traditional rulers, and pay workers’ salary, as well as pay pensioners’ allowances, and make life better for the people.
He further cautioned the sitting governor against any act of hooliganism, assuring that he would do anything to protect his supporters