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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose, yesterday led other chieftains of the party in a peaceful protest in the state capital against the killings and bombing of innocent Nigerians in Jos, Plateau State and other parts of the country.
Those in the protest train across the major streets in Ado-Ekiti were the former deputy governor, Biodun Olujimi.
They trekked from Spotless Hotel in Onigari, GRA in the state capital to Fajuyi and stopped at the popular Erekesan Market, where he addressed the protesters, who were all dressed in black vest.
Fayose warned the political class against bringing down the country to its kneels just because of power, saying that nothing would distract President Jonathan PDP-led government from developing the nation in spite of the havoc being wreaked on the country by insurgents.
The PDP candidate, who described shedding of innocent blood as extreme show of madness, advised the opposition to stop making politics out of the carnage that had brought grief and anguish to thousands of innocent Nigerians.
He said President Jonathan and other national and state leaders of the party decided to cancel the presidential campaign in his support as a mark of respect for those that had been mowed down by terrorists.
“The reason for the protest is to identify with the victims of the Jos bomb blasts, which for reasons within good conscience and love for your fellow human beings, we have to suspend our campaign for today and we chose to identify with them by this walk and to appeal to whatever they call themselves in the name of politics, that they should stop letting the blood of innocent Nigerians.
“It is not about the rally because when you get to your office either you want to be president or governor, you have to be governor over a people and if you have allowed may be because of political reasons you have allowed these people to die for no just cause. The innocent souls that are being driven out of this world would be crying for justice.
“We identify with their families, we therefore suspend our campaigns because of them. We believe in this country and in the ability of the president to move this country forward. We call on all those who are distracting the president and his team for political gains to desist from such because of these innocent people.
“They should remember that there is time for everything. There must be a president at a given time; anybody who feels he has an axe to grind with Jonathan should wait for 2015. You can only take him out of office by vote, not by violence and until that time, we should give him the necessary support and encouragement for him to move this nation forward.
“We are saying unequivocally that the opposition should look for power in a descent manner and not through any ungodly manner,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Ekiti State, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, has said that a teeming population of youths numbering about half a million are not under any kind of employment in Ekiti State, under a government led by All Progressives Congress (APC).
Bamidele gave the staggering statistics yesterday during a campaign rally of Irepodun/Ifelodun local area of the state. He said the trend had caused serious security threat to the people of the state.
According to him, “There are no fewer than 420,000 unemployed youths roaming the streets of Ekiti. This army of youths are angry, frustrated, sad and constitute a threat to security of Ekiti under the current administration.”
He however promised to reverse the trend by citing a modern rice-processing mill, to commercialise the farm produce, which the town was known for.
He noted how unemployment rated had assumed an astronomical progression within the last three and half years of Governor Kayode Fayemi led-administration.
He also lamented that rather than creating jobs for the youths, who are mostly graduates, Fayemi had further plunged the state to a “beggar’s state” which depends entirely on monthly federal allocation.
He listed five means of job creation if elected governor to include: industrialisation, mechanised farming, empowerment programmes, federal jobs and by turning Ekiti to investors’ destination.