Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji has said he would not impose any candidate on the people in the December local government election in the state, promising to be fair to all contestants.
He equally urged all the contestants to go into the town and intensify more efforts in campaigning why the people must vote for them during the elections
In preparation for the 2024 Appropriation Bill, Oyebanji said his government will be strategic in execution of projects and that whatever would be undertaken will be based on collective requests from communities and local governments.
Governor Oyebanji stated this in Ido Ekiti, during a Town Hall Meeting With Stakeholders in Ekiti North Senatorial District, comprising Ido/Osi, Moba, Ilejemeje, Ikole and Oye local government areas in preparation for the 2024 Budget.
The Onisan of Isan Ekiti, Oba Gabriel Adejuwon; Obaleo of Erinmope, Oba Sunday Aniyi; Mr Ademola Owoeye; Cecilia Dada; Mr Sola Ogunsina and Mr. Akin Obanise, spoke for Oye, Moba, Ikole, Ilejemeje, Ido/Osi local governments as well as people living with disabilities respectively submitted their demands to the governor at the event.
The aggregate of the demands that emanated from the five councils centred chiefly around road infrastructure, electrification, health facilities, school infrastructure.
Commenting on political development in the state and the forthcoming local government election, Oyebanji warned all the contestants against desperation, or lobbying him for possible imposition.
“Many of you are now scrambling for council positions because you now consider it juicier, even than Commissionership. Whoever doesn’t respect the leaders of the party will mismanage the councils if elected. I have instructed the leaders to take charge. Those running from pillar to post, I wish them well, but I am with the party,” he said.
Responding to the demands made by the representatives of each council areas, Governor Oyebanji said he promised during the electioneering that his government will be inclusive and be a replica of the immediate past Government of Governor Kayode Fayemi, which believed firmly in the people as powerhouse of any administration.
Oyebanji assured that his government has its eyes fixed on delivering on the promises made to the people and that he would not get distracted or derailed from actualising his dream for the state.