The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has joined parties likely to participate in the July 14, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State as one of the party’s chieftains, Joseph Olugbenga Ayenimo, an Australia based Doctor of Applied Chemistry has declared his intention to contest the election under the party.
Dr Ayenimo, who is from Ilawe Ekiti, Ekiti Southwest Local Government area of Ekiti State, was at the State Secretariat of the SDP in Ado Ekiti today, to intimate the State Executives of the party of his intention to contest the governorship election as SDP candidate.
He whoever said he would soon do a formal and proper declaration, pointing out that he was only at the party secretariat to intimate the State Exco of the party of his intention to seek the party ticket to contest the July 14 governorship election.
Urging the party members to support him for the gubernatorial ambition, Ayenimo echoed what his party state helmsman said: “My desire to fly the SDP in the governorship election is as a result of my conviction that the party is the only platform that can sustain the development and progress of our dear state, Ekiti.
“I am committed to the four cardinal programmes of the SDP, that is, Electricity, for all, jobs for all, Food for all, and Zero tolerance for corruption. I am here to offer myself to the service of Ekiti State and its people to provide political, economic and social developments and stability, through exemplary leadership, good governance, transparency and responsive governance.
SDP is a party with very long and sustained history of welfarism and respect for the rule of lawn the party , being an offshoot of the political family of our late sage, Chief Obafemj Awolowo and one under which the late Chief Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola contested and won the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidentially election, is no doubt the best alternative for food governance in our state.
“Abiola may be dead but his philosophy, ideals remain which becomes the manifestoes of the SDP. Destiny can only be delayed but cannot be denied. I am going to pursue these ideals of MKO vigorously if given the mandate to lead the state,” he said.
Taking a critical swipe at the ruling party, Ayenimo said: ” This is our time, we can’t just be looking and allow some people to continue to mortgage our future. Our leaders have failed provide leadership that could recognize the masses. Some of us went abroad to struggle because things have been bad in Nigeria. This is our time when we will liberate ourselves from the palpable poverty in our land.
“Though incumbent governor Fayose has done well in Ekiti but we want to do better. APC change has not done Nigeria any good. We have become more retrogressive and backward under APC government.
“Leaders of APC are pretenders and deceivers based on their response to Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari. They were happy when Baba wrote to former Goodluck Jonathan but now they are unhappy that the same OBJ has written to Buhari condemning his poor performance. I urge you to support me as I want to be governor of our state, ” he said.
Responding, the SDP state chairman and Southwest zonal chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Dele Ekunola said that his party would provide a much better change positively for the nation if given a chance to lead.
He said that the party embodies the social re-engineering and massive development agenda of its late Presidential flagbearer, Chief Kashimawo Olawale Abiola (MKO) who won the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential election. He promised that the party would pursue the ideals to the letter.