Stakeholders and lawmakers in the Ekiti South Senatorial District have agreed to ensure that the presentation of candidates for the 2022 governorship election from the region is a mandate for political parties running in the election.
Senator Biodun Biodun Olujimi’s colleagues, former Deputy Governor Prof Kolapo Olusola Eleka, and a former bank president, Mr. Kayode Adaramodu, are among the stakeholders under the aegis of the Ekiti South Agenda Forum. They emerged from a meeting at the senatorial headquarters in Ikere Ekiti with the declaration that it was time for the district to deliver the governor.
The stakeholders pointed out that the Southern senatorial zone has yet to produce a governor since the restoration of democracy in 1999, while the other two zones have each produced two governors.
The stakeholders stated in a communiqué issued at the conclusion of the meeting that justice and dignity demanded that the governorship be given to Ekiti South. The communiqué was signed by the Forum’s Protem Chairman, Dr. Adekunle Folayan, the Communique Committee Chairman, former Acting Governor Tunji Odeyemi, and the representatives of the committee, Prince Ademola Adebayo, Hon Ojo-Ade Fajana, and Chief Johnson Adekunle.
The meeting’s participants vowed not to leave any stone unturned in order for the region to deliver the governor in 2022, after examining why the South district had struggled in previous agitations and what could be done to get its goals correct this time.
Meeting Governor Kayode Fayemi and the leaderships of the parties at the state and national levels are among the moves the Forum agreed to take to actualize the South governorship, according to the Communiqué Committee.
Other actions involved intensive meetings and mobilization with traditional authorities, market women, teachers, churches, mosques, artisans, and other key stakeholders from all sides.
“It is acknowledged with remorse that, whatever conditions might have been at play, the people of the South Senatorial District have not benefited from the luxury of electing the state governor,” the communiqué reads.
“Each of the state’s other two districts has had the opportunity for the last 12 years. We hope and pray that this will be addressed in the 2022 Ekiti Governorship Election.