- Dr. Kayode Fayemi has promised to bring the north-central geopolitical zone back to its enviable heights
- The region was popularly known as the nation’s food basket and the country’s main tourist hub.
- APC presidential hopeful says if elected president he will ensure region reaches its potential
Makurdi- The Governor of Ekiti State and leading presidential candidate on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has pledged to restore the North-Central geopolitical zone to its enviable height as as the nation’s food basket and the country’s main tourist hub.
A statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday May 22 by Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s presidential campaign organization spokesperson, Femi Ige, noted that the governor of Ekiti made the comment during his advisory visits to Benue and Plateau.
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Fayemi also recalled how he helped end illegal mining in Plateau State when he served as Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals during President Muhammadu Buhari’s first terms.
According to the statement, Fayemi pledged to urgently end the historic farmer-herder clashes and stop banditry and insurgency which he said is gradually seeping into the area.
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“Growing up, Jos was the number one tourist destination in the country. Its wonderful climate, God-given sights and hospitable people ensured that. Today, banditry and relentless farmers/herders have brought this industry down.
“Agriculture is affected and lives are lost unnecessarily. If the opportunity arises, I promise to end this malaise and restore this place to its place as the nation’s leading tourist, mining and food basket hub.
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On security, the presidential aspirant has vowed to embark on an aggressive retooling of armed forces personnel, re-equipping armaments, embarking on expansive intelligence enhancement and use of technology.
“I am here to offer myself as a servant leader. I will work for the people, be fair to everyone, fair, equitable, courageous and heal the wounds of years of division by providing inclusivity and giving everyone a sense of belonging.
Fayemi, who addressed delegates and key political leaders including the Head of State, Senator George Akume, Andooakar, and Senator Tiley Gyado in Benue, said the agricultural value chain would be a top priority in order to fully exploit the vast potentials of the state.
Earlier in Makurdi, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom said the Ekiti State Governor was the kind of leader Nigeria needed at this time.
“It is painful that we are no longer in the same party because the cohesion you have brought to NGF affairs is what Nigeria needs now.
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“You are a fantastic team leader, a team player, fair and just. I am sure with you in the saddle, the future is bright for Nigeria. If they bother you in the APC , please join us, so that we can pursue the Nigerian agenda together.
In the same vein, Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Bako Lalong, said he had to rush to Jos to receive the Governor of Ekiti State because :
“He is a man who loves the Plateau. In joy and pain he is here with us and I can assure you my brother Governor of Ekiti State when it comes time to vote we know our friends and we will only vote for a friend from Plateau .
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In a related development, Governor Fayemi revealed why there is so much interest from aspirants vying for the exalted seat of the presidency on the APC platform.
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Fayemi said the development is because the APC is well positioned to sweep the ballot in the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking as he received members of the North East and North West National Prosperity Movement at his campaign office on Monday May 9 in Abuja, Fayemi said the upcoming general elections would be very much about the party in able.
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Meanwhile, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim warned that conspiracies and partisan interests lagging behind the confusion currently being created by the Independent National Electoral Commission must not jeopardize the conduct of the poll.
Olawepo-Hashim, an APC leader, made this known in a statement from his press office and made it available to Legit.ng on Saturday May 21.
The former presidential candidate explained that the imminent danger stems from the tight primary schedule imposed on political parties by the country’s political arbiter.