Dr Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, has notified the national and state leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) of his ambition to run for July 14, governorship election in Ekiti.
Fayemi alleged that the election was manipulated by soldiers in connivance with Fayose and two former ministers.
Others are, all traditional rulers in Ekiti State, his colleagues in the Federal Executive Council (FEC), former and serving governors elected on APC platform, as well as prominent sons and daughters of Ekiti.
"The insinuations from the ruling party in the state that Otunba Segun Adewale is not contesting in the forthcoming governorship election of 2018 is false, wicked, mischievous and a mere political propaganda emanating from the jittery camp of political gladiators threatened by the soaring popularity of our aspirant - Otunba Segun Adewale who has volunteered to pay from his private purse three months salary arrears to all the civil servants in Ekiti state devastated by unpaid eight months salary arrears by the present dictatorial government marauding herself as friend of the masses", Eponpolaye added. Modupe Adelabu; Nigeria's Ambassador to Hungary, Dr. Eniola Ajayi, and other notable party leaders in the state as well as former officials in his administration.
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The Minister became the number 37 aspirant that has declared interest for the seat in APC.
Ojudu said: "I'm not the President's candidate". I saw their pain and pangs of not knowing where the next meal will come from.
"It is even more painful when you realise that all the people-oriented programmes, designed and implemented by my administration and which helped to lift the people out of poverty and misery had been cancelled".
"My convictions about how much more is possible in Ekiti stem not from any sense of entitlement but from a sense of service, of obligation and from my belief that posterity has positioned us for such a time as this".
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"They are now dangling their white paper".
"We should be ready to support whoever the party picks as the candidate, provided the process is free, fair and transparent if truly we are loyal party men". If you know him very well, he is a fair-minded person.
"That is why it is important for us to reclaim our land and restore our values. We will ensure that he will end up in jail". Who will the workers hate between a government that did these and one that has not been paying salaries for more than 10 months? I paid rural allowance to teachers, core subjects' allowance, paid scholarship and bursary, paid for WAEC and NECO, but all these have been stopped by a government that has no interest in social investment. "Actually we are contesting against the governor".
He added: "We will do everything that is required to win Ekiti back".
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First of all, he praised US President Donald Trump for his resolve to take a stand against Syria's use of chemical weapons. Assad has already consolidated control over most of Syria and its major population centers. "It was just a media stunt".
"It is time to put a stop to that; it is not about title, it is about sacrifice and whatever it will take us to free Ekiti from these criminal and rapacious brigands, we will do it".