On Saturday, the people of Ekiti will head to the poll to elect a new governor that would hold sway in the next four years. The incumbent governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has been crying foul over the maltreatment of their party members and himself.
In what seems to be a money bag and who spends the most in the coming governorship election, Sources within Ekiti government house have told LeadersNG that the governor who is determined to install a successor has stashed ₦3.6B cash in the government house.
The money according to the source is meant for sharing on the Eve of the Election Day. The source said, party leaders, co-ordinators and agents from different local governments are already on the governor’s neck to get funds that will be shared to the electorates.
The governor LeadersNG learned had to make this smart move to avoid the treatment that was meted at the party in Ondo where the then governor, Olusegun Mimiko and the governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN were prevented from making a withdrawal from banks in Akure, three days to the election.
An insider who is privy to information at the government house told LeadersNG that most of the donations to the campaign from PDP governors, big stalwarts and business moguls who are sympathetic to the party were donated directly to Governor Fayose in cash and not through banks.
Many workers in Ekiti our correspondent spoke with are angry with the governor over his nonchalant attitude towards their welfare. The workers frowned at the governor’s shenanigans and gross display of arrogance whenever the issue of their welfare is brought to the table.
Some workers vowed to vote against the party on Saturday as a way of pay back.
An Ado based civil servant who preferred anonymity said, ‘The workers really like the PDP governorship candidate but are disenchanted with governor Fayose’.
“We don’t have problem with Prof. He’s a good man and a worker like us. We are only angry with Ayo who who has refused to understand our plights”.
Another business woman who identified herself as Ronke, told our correspondent that she is not interested in who win on Saturday.
“Na my business I Dey do, nothing concern me and their wayo election. When Fayemi bin dey there, wetin him do? Even Eleka wey Fayose wan bring, no be him boy? Abegi, na them sabi”. Ronke said in a Pidgin language as she sweat profusely.
LeadersNG correspondent who went round Ado metropolis gathered that most electorates are waiting to collect whatever stipends they will be offered on Saturday.
A welder, mr. Babajide who at first was reluctant to talk to our correspondent later said, the only opportunity he has got to make money from these politicians who would later abandon him is this period of election.
“I’m ready to collect money from all of them. I don’t care who emerge! My own is that I’m tired of all the politicians in Nigeria”.
The Saturday election according to analysts would serve as a litmus test to what 2019 general elections will be as both parties would look to test their popularity.
An online commentator by name Declan said, if PDP wins, it will be a booster for them towards 2019 general elections and if APC wins, it will send a signal to the detractors that they are still popular against perceived general believe that the party has lost popularity.
Meanwhile, all the governors elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress have all relocated to Ekiti state ahead of Tomorrow’s election.
The governors have been allocated two local governments each to oversee.