The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has described the All Progressive Congress governorship candidate, Kayode Fayemi as a man sent by God to deliver Ekiti from poverty, saying the July 14 election would afford the electorate the opportunity to change their destinies for good.
Osinbajo called on Ekiti people to join the league of progressive states of Osun, Ogun, Lagos , Oyo and Ondo States of the southwest region.
The national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun and national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as well as Chief Bisi Akande told the electorate to vote right on July 14, saying a vote for the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) means continuation of poverty.
Osinbajo and Oyegun jointly received PDP defectors , who were led by former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, a serving lawmaker in Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon Adeniran Alagbada and former Special Adviser in Ekiti State, Mr Bosun Osaloni, who defected to the APC.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha and former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Babafemi Ojudu were also at the rally.
Governors at the rally include; Governor Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Godwin Obaseki(Edo), Rauf Aregbesola(Osun )Rotimi Akeredolu(Ondo )Yahaya Bello(Kogi ) and Abiola Ajimobi(Oyo ).
Others were; Abdufatah Ahmed(Kwara ), Alhaji Abubakar Badaru(Jigawa ), Simon Lalong(Plateau ),Kashim Shettima(Borno ) Ibikunle Amosun(Ogun ) and Senator Atiku Bagudu(Kebbi ).
Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, Minister of State Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bawa Bwari as well as Senator Olorunnibe Mamora were also in attendance.
Osibajo said, "God has brought a blessed man, who is Dr Kayode Fayemi. He will do Ekiti a lot of good if elected governor. He will bring development to your doorsteps.
"On July 14, don't look back or sideway , just look forward to a good future ahead of you by voting for Fayemi. APC is a party of progress .Let us vote for APC in this election.
"APC will help Ekiti to develop , because the PDP has outlived it usefulness," Osinbajo said.
Oyegun said the July 14 was a done deal for the party, saying, "immediately I entered Ekiti, I could feel, smell that resounding victory we will record on July 14.
"You have tested two wives, and you have known who is best. Fayemi is the best man for the job. He will do Ekiti proud and restore honour and dignity to your state," he said.
Welcoming the defectors, led by Adeyeye, Oyegun assured that nobody will be discriminated against in the party.
Tinubu said Ekiti should not be excluded from the broom revolution that is blowing across the nation.
The party's national leader said change is necessary in Ekiti on July 14 and that the electorate must get their Permanent Voter Cards to effect such change.
"If you really want progress, what is the essence of you staying here from morning without having a PVC. Ekiti won't go back to sadness and poverty.
"The PVCs represent your red card on the day of election. I want you to give PDP a red card on the day of election. Fayemi was a Minister, he now understands the game. I want you to vote him 100 percent on July 14," Tinubu pleaded.
Former Edo State Governor, Comrade Oshiomhole , described the PDP as a party that was dictatorial while in the saddle of governance in the country.
"We thank God that we have swept them away. I was on my way here from Edo in 2014 when Fayemi was seeking reelection when the PDP stopped me at Benin Airport , even as a sitting governor. PDP was known for abuse of power and their days were gone.
"Ekiti is the most educated state in Nigeria and I knew you voted for Fayemi in 2014, because Ekiti has highest pupil enrolment in schools then and I know that a state that is highly educated like Ekiti could not have voted for a roadside banana eater.
"On July 14, it is one man, one vote , one woman, one vote. Your votes will count this time. Nobody will tamper with it," he said.
The chairman of the National Campaign Council and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, said Nigeria has been in safe hands since 2015 when President Buhari and Osinbajo took over, urging Ekiti to join the moving train in this coming election.
"If Ogun, Ondo, Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Plateau and Kebbi could embrace APC, Ekiti must do same, becase we represent progress," Bagudu stated.
Fayemi while addressing supporters promised that all the programmes initiated by his administration but abrogated by the present government will be restored in the interest of the populace.
"The Youth in Agriculture, Youth volunteer, the Ekiti State Traffic Management Agency, Social Security scheme and other landmark programmes will be revamped for the benefit of Ekiti people.
"Governor Ayo Fayose said he wanted continuity, I know Ekiti won't subscribe to continuity of poverty, wanton neglect, fraud and pauperization of our people in the name of governance.