The former deputy governor of Ekiti State, Surveyor Abiodun Aluko, has described Ekiti State as a state that needs a devoted and God-fearing leader for it to develop and become the first among its equals in the country.
Speaking at his Ikere-Ekiti residence yesterday, Mr. Abiodun Aluko, who served as deputy to former governor Ayodele Fayose, said that Ekiti state has a lot of resource to make it the best in Nigeria if properly utilized.
He pressed further that he is aspiring to be governor of Ekiti state under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a result of the clarion calls on him by the people to use his credibility, experience, political and professional goodwill to develop the state.
Aluko also made it known that the struggle for the gubernatorial ticket of the PDP in Ekiti would not in anyway cause any rift between him and his former boss, Mr. Ayo Fayose who is also aspiring to return back as the governor in the state.
His words: "Fayose and I have no quarrel at all because we have been able to put the past behind us. He was personally present during my official declaration in Ikere Ekiti and he promised to work with me if I end up clinching the ticket to run as the candidate of our great party."
On his ambition, he also said: "I have been deputy governor in the state from 2003 to 2007 and our administration was the best in the history of Ekiti state. It was the structure that the Fayose/Aluko administration put down that all the governments after us are working on. Our administration still remains the best in the area of infrastructure, and I am willing to do every necessary thing to make life bearable for the people of Ekiti state.
"I am a good administrator, I know what the people that are being governed want so this will make it easier for me to please them. I have helped the government of Otunba Niyi Adebayo in the drafting of his blueprint, though he didn’t make good use of it, I still have it with me and I will make good use of it to make the state the best in Nigeria. I will work on employments, infrastructures, electrification, qualitative health and education, social welfare for the people and many others."
Speaking on his impeachment by the then-members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Abiodun Aluko disclosed that the process that got him out of office in 2005 was nullified by the court, stressing that he was deputy governor till the end of the administration as stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution. He stressed that he is still receiving all the benefits accrued to former deputy governors in the country.
On the United States’ prediction that Nigeria will not exist beyond 2015, the former deputy governor said that such prediction is of the prophet of doom, noting that there would be nothing that would make Nigeria not to remain as one entity in 2015 and beyond.