….as Governorship Candidates promise Total Committment to Manifestos
Stakeholders at a programme organized by Justice Development and Peace Initiative, JDPI, in partnership with the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ and the Ekiti Council of Elders have expressed dissatisfaction over the alleged failure of the PDP Governorship Candidate Bisi Kolawole to honour invitation extended to him.
About ten other governorship candidates contesting the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti State attended the programme and made promises to fulfill all items in their Manifestos if elected.
In addition, the candidates signed a Social Contract Agreement with representatives of the people at a programme organized by the
The pact signed by the candidates and also endorsed by representatives of the people including traditional rulers, religious leaders, youths, women and others would serve an evidence to hold the candidates accountable.
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party Bisi Kolawole was absent at the programme , and this was said to have occured without any information on the reason “despite persistent notice”.
This was said to have enraged the people who described his action as “an affront and disrespect for the people he intends to serve”.
The various groups and Stakeholders at the programme said “the action of Bisi Kolawole and few others who shunned the programme suggests that they have nothing to offer Ekiti people”
Candidates who signed pact with Ekiti People include APC, Biodun Oyebanji, SDP, Chief Segun Oni, ADC Wole Oluyede, ADP Erelu Kemi Elebute-Halle, YPP Debo Ranti Ajayi and PRP Ben Agboola.
At the programme, all the candidates present, presented their manifestos and how they intend to achieve it.
Addressing the gathering, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti, the most Reverend Felix Ajakaye pleaded with all candidates to go about the race with love rather than acrimony.
The most Reverend Ajakaye urged the candidates to be ready “to support who so ever wins if truly they love Ekiti” saying the style of walking away after elections should be stopped.
Also, the Chairman Council of Obas in Ekiti State Oba Gabriel Adejuwon urged who so ever wins the election to extend hands of fellowship to others so as to share ideas and move the state forward.
Earlier, the Director Justice Development and Peace Initiative Reverend Father, Emmanuel Akingbade said the manifesto of the emerged governor would be printed out on bill boards across the state to serve as reminder adding that a survey would also be carried out to score the governor and call his attention to areas that have not been well touched.