The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political matters and governorship aspirant in Ekiti state, Senator Babafemi Ojudu has berated those he described as ‘rumour-mongers’ who said he has been adopted by the president, adding that “it is an insult to say somebody is carrying him.”
Ojudu, who picked his expression of interest and nomination forms at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Thursday told journalists when responding to questions that he is neither a baby nor crippled that need to be seeking favour from Presidency before becoming Governor of Ekiti state.
“Let me say this, I am not the President’s candidate. I’m nobody’s candidate. The president is a father to all of us. I have told you have a history in this country. I started fighting the military at the age of 27. I wrote my first ‘will’ at the age of 29.
“I was locked up 15 times between 1993 and 1998. I am a man of myself. I fought Babangida, I fought Abacha, I fought Obasanjo, I campaigned for democracy, I campaigned for good governance, I campaigned for human right and I suffered for it.
“I am not a crippled, I am not a baby, I don’t need crutches, I do have to be President Babangida. In fact, I am coming too late. I have enough knowledge and education to be President of this country. Therefore, it is an insult to say somebody is carrying me, I don’t need anybody to carry me,” he said.
Meanwhile, a female gubernatorial aspirant, Mrs Mojisola Yaya-Kolade and another contender, Makanjuola Akindele Owolabi have intimated people of Ekiti why they are in the race.
Yaya-Kolade, told newsmen in Abuja that she was on the race to bridge the gap between the people of the state and the government and to improve the well-being of her people in the state.
According to her, there would be a drastic decrease in unemployment rate in the state by creating employment opportunities for its teaming youths if elected.
“Quality education is necessary and a must to bring up youths in the state, our health care is terrible and my administration.
“If elected, my administration will bring up the health care standard in the state to make it apar with that of Lagos state.
“Though we have a lot to do, we will start gradually, we already have a long and short term plan to develop the state and better the well-being of the people,” she said.
She also said that she would ensure women emacipation, adding that though she does not have a political godfather she was not treathend by any political big wig on the race.
“The godfather I have is God the almighty and I am not treatened by the big wigs on the race so far, including the former governor, legislators and other political big wigs in the state,” she said.
She expressed confidence that she would get the party’s ticket at the primary slated for May 5, adding that she had the backing of the women of the state and the generality of the people.