Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Artisans in Ekiti State on Thursday held a solidarity rally in support of the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Acting under the aegis of Artisans, Traders and Allied Technicians’ Association (ATATA), they described Buhari as the “best man for the top job” on the strength of his achievements in the last three and half years.
They marched round the streets of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, before ending the rally at the Government House where they were received by Governor Kayode Fayemi and his deputy, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi.
The artisans submitted a letter backing Buhari’s second term bid to Fayemi for onward delivery to the President through the state ATATA President, Mr. Ebenezer Fadipe.
Fadipe said: “We have watched with keen interest the countdown to the 2019 elections regarding the activities of the gladiators vying for the presidential race and we have Buhari worthy and outstanding among the contending forces.
“In view of the laudable programmes his administration initiated and executed and which have impacted positively on the lives of Nigerians with special interest in his tremendous achievements in Ekiti State, we have resolved to endorse him for re-election in the 2019 presidential election.
Responding, Fayemi said Buhari deserves re-election because the Southwest benefited immensely from his administration urging the people of the zone to reciprocate the gesture.
“Under President Jonathan, we saw how the offices of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Minister of Finance, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Chief of Staff to the President were concentrated in just two zones in the South while the Southwest was abandoned.
“But when President Buhari came on board, he made a Southwest person his Vice President, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing is from this zone, the Minister of Health and other juicy positions were also allotted to this zone.
“So, the coming election is for the liberation of the Yoruba race and only Buhari’s presidency could bring about the actualization of this dream.”