Ekiti governorship : I’ll not step down even for $200bn – Popoola
POLITICS DIGEST- A governorhsip aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the June18 Ekiti State guber polls, Demola Popoola said he would not step down for any aspirant, including the purported anointed one even if he is offered as much as $200 billion.
A source had informed Politics Digest that, incmbent governor of Ekiti, Fayemi Kayode has endorsed the immediate past Secretary to the State Government, Abiodun Oyebanji for the race, the insinuations which the governor dismissed.
Popoola who acknowledged the Kayode’s refutal of the endorsement rumour said the Governor has not even attempted prevailing on him to drop his ambition for anyone but rather advised him to work for the emergence of APC in the State.
The Aviation expert and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Emmanpop Ventures made his position known while addressing journalists shortly after submitting his expression of interest and nomination forms at the APC National Secretariat, Abuja on Wednesday.
He said: “Governor Kayode has not called me once to tell me Demola step down. Never! He never! All he tells me is, ‘all I want is who will win the election for APC in Ekiti. I am not going to stop anybody.
“So the story of annointed, he has refuted so let us take it that way. So I am not anybody’s annointed candidate and I will not step down for anybody. Not for $200 billion”.
Popoola assured that if elected as Governor, he will bring in partners who are already set to invest $2.1 billion into agriculture through construction of rural roads for transportation of farm produce and warehouses to prevent wastage.
“I intend to build industries and in contact with foreign financial gurus and businessmen who have signified intention to come and support Ekiti State. The unemployment that is facing Ekiti State, we will set up some cottage industries. I am working with my people, I think it will be a good thing if Ekiti can do free education.
“In the area of health, we are already talking to some Germans and some Nigerians who are going to build a medical centre, one of the biggest. We are also trying to introduce free medical service for the elderly. We will try and finish our Cargo Airport so that our investors can find it easy taking their products and giving us money. We are serious working on how we can give them at least a minimum of 22 hours supply of electricity, he stated.