Ekiti 2018: We shall restore Awolowo’s legacies in Ekiti – Fayemi

Immediate past governor of Ekiti State and current Minister of Solid
Minerals and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi has vowed that his
party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), will bring back the
legacies of late renowned politician and friend of the masses, Chief
Obafemi Awolowo by reclaiming power in July 14 gubernatorial poll.

Fayemi identified the legacies of Awolowo as the usual four cardinal
points of social development now adopted as APC' s manifestoes, as
free education, free healthcare for children, pregnant, old and
disabled, job creation and rural development.

He reminded the people of Ekiti who attended the 109th birthday
anniversary of late Awolowo organised by the Afenifere Renewal Group
(ARG), and held at the Eagle hall, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital,
that his government in Ekiti had delivered the four cardinal points.

He lamented that the legacies he left behind has now vanished in the state.

Fayemi vowed that come July 14, his party would do all it could to
bring back Awo's legacies.

His words: "If we remember, for the past eleven years we have been
celebrating Awolowo s birthday, since 2017.

"What is most important is that those of us behind whom God has given
the opportunity to lead, must pay our dues and help our people in
Yoruba land. Awolowo has done a great deal and that is why we are
celebrating him since he died in 1987. He is still being celebrated in
Ikenne today like we are doing in Ekiti

"Pa Fasanmi once told me that Awolowo wished he had been born in Ekiti
because then his largest followers were from Ekiti and he knew
everyone in the state. If he was alive today, he would have been in
APC as his political party. This is because this party was founded on
Awo's political ideals. We are Awolowo's descendants in Ekiti

"We know Awolowo for what we call four cardinal points, from the days
of the Action Group (AG) and Unity Party, these are free education,
free healthcare for children, pregnant, old and disabled, job creation
and rural development. If you remember , all these points were what we
ensured when we were in power in Ekiti, sadly they are no more in the

"Don't let us not lose hope, just like governor Akeredolu has said,
all these ideals of Awo, we will ensure we do all we could to return
them to Ekiti.

"I appreciate the ARG for celebrating Late sage Awolowo. In truth all
of us who are of Yoruba race, it is high time we took up our role as
leaders. We are the leaders of the black race, " he said.

Also extolling the virtues of late Awo, governor Akeredolu of Ondo
State said: "We are celebrating what Awolowo stood for which is the
advancement of the Yoruba and African race. Ours is pureness of heart.
Awolowo has played his part, it remains us to play ours.

"We cannot all forget the immense contribution of Awolowo especially
among the Yoruba race. Afenifere song was composed by Awolowo. The
song says that We the Yorubas are the light of the Black race may God
not allow us to draw ourselves backwards.

"When Awolowo was incarcerated in those days, Hubert Ogunde counselled
us to have a rethink in his popular song Yoruba Ronu.

"Celebrating Awo's legacy would make us remember the great
contribution of our great forbears. I urge all Yorubas to have a
rethink and reunite. We must all work together for our progress.

"We are in the quagmire in this country, and God will not come down to
help us. He would send someone. Once we have seen the person we will
know with what he has done and what he would do. You know we are the
same, I cannot deceive you, we have brought goodies for you in APC,"
he said.

Elder Ayo Afolabi, representative of the chairman of Afenifere Renewal
Group, (ARG), Wale Osun, said: "Every society reveres it forbears. We
all talk about Awolowo. His works shall not perish.

"We are here to celebrate Awolowo so we won't forget his legacies. APC
is the party that we the Afenifere have embraced. It is the party that
can assist the Yoruba race to the promises land. We enjoin all people
to vote for the party in Ekiti."

A guest lecturer at the occasion, Professor Williams Fawole, whose
speech, entitled: Obafemi Awolowo and Transformative Politics:
Sustaining The Worthy Legacy', lamented that many politicians seeking
political office in the country lack germane ideas to lead because
they haven't groomed themselves by reading and getting exposed to
ideas that would make them better leaders.

He therefore urged politicians to imitate Awolowo by being original,
saying: "what stands Awolowo out as a unique politician and better
leader is his original ideas. Anyone who doesn't have a freshness of
ideas cannot be seen as a true leader. Awolowo's legacies can not
perish, we urge our politicians today to follow his footsteps so their
own contributions could be remembered.

"Thus far in Nigeria democracy, only Awolowo can be seen as a philosopher king.

"Until we have leaders who can give themselves to rigourous analysis
of our situation and profer sound solution to it. Only the deep can
call to the deep, We can replicate a new Awo by electing into office
people of great intellectual prowess," he said.

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