From John Abiodun, Ado Ekiti:
All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua, has assured that the party will put its house in order before the 2018 governorship election to avoid the pitfall of the past which cost it the governorship position. Olumilua, who said the APC lost the 2014 election due to a number of factors which culminated in many members being aggrieved, said all such issues would be addressed and resolved before the election to position the party for victory in the 2018 election. The APC governorship aspirant told journalists in Ado Ekiti last Wednesday that he was eyeing the governorship seat to right the wrongs of the past and put the state on a sound economic base.
The son of former governor of old Ondo State observed that lack of clear cut economic focus accounted for high level of poverty in Ekiti State.
According to him, all the past governments in the state failed in forming economic direction in the area of agriculture, where Ekiti has comparative advantage because of its favourable climatic and soil conditions. He said: “The largest employer of labour in Ekiti is agriculture, but what have we done about it? Israel is a desert but it exports food items even Nigeria imports from there. Ekiti has one of the best climate in the world, so if properly harnessed can feed Africa.
“It is sad that nothing is propelling our economy, even foods are more expensive in Ekiti, a majorly agrarian environment than in Ibadan and Lagos”. Olumilua lamented that Ekiti core values of industry and scholarship were gradually being eroded, as he promised to critically address all to make the state regain its lost glories.
The governorship hopeful said that the former first lady, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, fought tooth and nail to give recognition to women and prevent violence against women through initiation of laws to give them freedom. He said: “I am going to bridge that gender gap by giving 40 per cent of appointments to women so that they can exhibit their potentials”.
Olumilua also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be more proactive to ensure that looters had no breathing space under the APC-led Federal Government.The former Senior Special Assistant on Project Monitoring to Governor Kayode Fayemi, said President Buhari had done well in the area of loot recovery, but added that corrupt individuals must be committed to jail to serve as deterrent.
“The reason Nigerians thought the anti-corruption war is not working is that enough people have not been jailed for corrupt practices.
“By the time one sacred cow is jailed, others will sit right. I observe that the reason why corruption has not gone down was that there are no consequences.”