The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has endorsed Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Kayode Fayemi for a second term in office.
The endorsement was announced at the end of a three-day assessment tour by the group in the state. Speaking at the occasion, national chairman of the group, Mr. Olawale Oshun said the governor deserves an unopposed ticket for a second term.
“Fayemi’s policies are not just about executing projects, they are focused on human developmental goals. He has also shown he could uphold the the welfarism ethos of our founding fathers as espoused by the movement led by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. With what we have seen, we can boldly say that Ekiti State is ready to tap into regional, national, and global economic potentials while also developing its local economies to global standards.”
Oshun enjoined Ekiti residents, especially the youth, to shun the prevalent get-rich-quick syndrome and beggarly lifestyle that is beginning to take root in our culture. He advised them to “key into the new policies of government on agriculture, knowledge economy, and information technology.”
Oshun said the group observed areas that need improvement and will in due course inform Fayemi adding that in a presidential system, a performing governor or president deserves re-election automatically for the sake of stability and continuity.
Earlier, the group’s General Secretary, Ayo Afolabi, explained that ARG in May set up a Governance Assessment Committee to examine the policies of governors of states in Western Nigeria. The motive for this, he said, was to make sure governments in the region are adhering to its political agenda and philosophy.
The committee, headed by famous Nigerian footballer, Chief Olusegun Odegbami, contracted a leading consulting firm to do an independent research on policies of Ekiti State under Governor Fayemi.
While reading the committee’s report, Odegbami said the governor was assessed based on the six criteria enunciated in the minimum Irreducible demand charter adopted by the Yoruba Assembly. The criteria are education, healthcare, wealth creation, infrastructure, water supply, and governance and regional integration.
He said the state’s economy, before Fayemi came in, depended heavily on federal allocations and civil service jobs. But in three years, Fayemi has created new economies and the state looks poised to break its dependence on federal allocation. He commended Fayemi’s prudence and for being “a model of global best practices in governance,” adding that the governor’s performance surpassed the committee’s standards.
“He was the first governor to implement social security fund for elders and now, about three other states have followed suit. About 1, 100km of roads, out of 1, 300 federal and state roads in the state have been constructed or under construction. This excellent network of roads is good for agriculture and tourism, ” he said.