People of Ekiti believes in the newly elected governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Peter Fayose despite the allegations against him. Odunayo an Indigene of Ado Ekiti said:
“We won’t be following Fayose like this if he actually stole Ekiti money; we are intelligent people in Ekiti.” Fayose actually spent his personal funds on the people while he was the governor from 2003 to 2006. “He’s an honest man.”
It was a shock victory as going into the election, incumbent Kayode Fayemi of the All Peoples Congress (APC) appeared to be the popular choice.
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“It is the Lord’s doing. I want to recall that my removal in 2006 remains a mystery to the common man on the streets but they never left me for a day, they believed in me. I want to equally let you know that I was left with the people without money, eight years in the wilderness. My charge to every politician is to target the poor people. They will not come and ask you for contracts, all they want is to have their lives improved, to which they believe I have an answer.
I do things a governor is expected to do. For me, I am a grassroots man and because of the way I operate with them, they call me Senior Advocate of the Masses. So, I want to continue that trend, I want to identify with them continuously. I will not leave them. So, the strategy is, when you are voted into power, don’t forget that 4 years is a short time.
This is not the first foray into the Governorship position for Fayose as he was first elected Governor of Ekiti State in 2003 but was controversially impeached in 2006.
According to INEC figures, Ayo Fayose won in all the 16 Local Government Areas and 158 out of 177 Wards, polling total votes of 203,090 while Kayode Fayemi received a total of 120,433 votes.