The former Executive Secretary of Petroleum Technology Development Funds (PTDF), Oluwole Oluleye, has joined aspirants jostling for the number seat in Ekiti state, on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking with newsmen on Friday at the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, Oluleye said he would revolutionalise agriculture in the state, which he would use to create employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths in the state.
Oluleye, who is also a former Executive Secretary, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), said, “Ekiti is predominantly an agrarian state, we will utilise what is available in the state to get our economy growing.
“This is basically why I am on the race, the level of poverty I see in the state in the missed of plenty is totally unacceptable.
“And I firmly believe that I can change the situation within the shortest possible time; I will alieviate poverty through agriculture,” he said.
He maintained his administration would ensure good standard was set for the younger generation coming to emulate and to build on.
He stressed that Ekiti at the moment, needed the best hand to govern it, adding the he has the experience and exposure to take it the the desired level of development.
Presently, no fewer than 20 aspirants had so far picked nomination forms to contest the election, among which are: the state’s immediate past governor and minister of mines and steel, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on political matters; Victor Kolade; Opeyemi Bamidele; the only female in the race, Mrs Mojisola Yaya-Kolade among others.
Meanwhile, the party has announced that the screening of aspirants would take place from April 23 to April 25; the screening appeal would be from April 26 to April 27 while the primary election will hold May 5.