Segun Adewale has declared his intention to contest the 2018 Ekiti governorship election on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Adewale is the factional chairman of the Lagos state chapter of PDP. The chairman of Aeroland said his aversion of poverty motivated his decision to join the Ekiti governorship race.
“I hate poverty with a passion and by the grace of God if I am given the privilege to lead my people, together we shall defeat the hold of poverty on our people and state,” he said while speaking with journalists.
“It is an aberration that a State known as the fountain of knowledge is also among the poorest states in the country. My mission in Ekiti is to defeat poverty in the land by converting our God given knowledge to wealth.
“Our manifesto is geared towards building a strong financial capacity for the state and her citizens such that Ekiti can be a lender to other states of the federation.”
Adewale said he has informed the party’s state working committee and other stakeholders of his intention. He added that Ekiti needs someone with integrity at the helm of its affairs.
“I have come here today with my supporters to inform our party leaders of my intention to vie for the governorship seat next year. This visit puts to rest the rumors on whether I will contest or not,” he said.
“Ekiti state needs a man of integrity, values and decorum as the governor. Under our watch, Ekiti state will experience clear developmental and infrastructure gains. Our policies shall be centered on empowering Ekiti people financially.
“Our vision is to make Ekiti State a reference point in Nigeria in the areas of Agriculture, Technology, Education, Healthcare delivery, social amenities, industrialization and to ensure financial independence from the Federal Government.”
Williams Ajayi, Ekiti state PDP chairman, said while no aspirant had been endorsed by the secretariat, Adewale was the first to officially express his interest in contesting the next governorship election. Adewale was the candidate of the PDP for the Lagos west senatorial election in 2015.