A governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua, has said, he would continue with his governorship ambition.
He was reacting to a report that he had quit the race, after being considered for the position of a running mate to another frontline aspirant, on the platform of the APC.
The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced July 14, as the date for the governorship election in Ekiti.
The INEC said that the date was in compliance with Section 178 (2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), and Section 25 (8) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
Mr Olumilua, who officially declared for the governorship race last October, said though he had been under some pressure to accept the deputy governorship position, but insisted that he would not consider it an option.
He said accepting a deputy governorship position on behalf of the electorate in Ekiti Senatorial District, would amount to betrayal of the entire Ekiti people, particularly those from the district.
He said, Ekiti people home and abroad are currently yearning for a younger and vibrant governor of his generation, to redeem the image of the state.
According to him, “I have not and will not accept to be Deputy Governor position to any other aspirant.
“Apart from my own dreams and goals for the people of Ekiti, my aspiration goes beyond just me as a person.
“It is much bigger than Muyiwa Olumilua. It is hinged on the agitation that the Governor of Ekiti State must come from the South Senatorial District, “he said.
The aspirant, who is the first son of the former Governor of Ondo State, Mr Bamidele Olumilua, advocated the return of power to his southern district, in the spirit of equity.
The People of Ekiti South District, comprising of Ekiti South west, Ikere, Ise-Orun, Emure, Gbonyin and Ekiti East local government areas are yearning to produce the next governor
Stakeholders in the district have vowed to support any candidate picked from their zone, irrespective of the political party that produces the candidate.
The stakeholders noted that it is only the South senatorial district that has not produced a governor since the creation of the state on Oct. 1, 1996.
“In the spirit of equity, fair play, and justice, this is not asking for too much. This does not necessarily mean that the people of Ekiti State are sacrificing quality and capability on the altar of zoning or rotation.
“Accepting to be a Deputy Governor will be a total betrayal of a whole senatorial district just to satisfy myself. I cannot do that, “he insisted.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the APC, the main opposition party in Ekiti, is gearing towards taking power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party, (PDP).
However, at the last count, over 30 aspirants from the APC have indicated interest in the race.
Governor Ayodele Fayose will complete his four year term in office in Oct. 16, when another elected governor is expected to be sworn-in for another four year tenure.
Olumilua served as Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Project Monitoring during the administration of former governor Kayode Fayemi.