Mr. Stuart Symington, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, visited Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, pledged the determination of the US to work with all stakeholders to ensure a free, fair and credible governorship election in Ekiti State on July 14, 2018.
The US Ambassador also asked the governor about his presidential ambition come 2019, saying that he is impressed with the level of infrastructural development he achieved in the state within three (3) years.
“Nigerians are proud to be Nigerians. When you ask them what they love most about their country, they would say ‘it is our resilience, energy, diversity, unity and friendliness.”
“We are in Ekiti because we believe in Nigeria; every state, every corner matters. We have seen what you have done in the last three years, it is very commendable.
“Our concern in the US is that we want to see leaders who care about others and not themselves; we also understand that you have presidential ambition and wish to know your programme for the country,” he said.
Mr. Symington promised that the US will ensure that subsequent elections in Nigeria, starting from the Anambra and Ekiti States governorship elections were free, fair and credible.
Responding, Fayose said that the poor attitude by the Nigerian people and the insincerity of leaders were the problem holding back Nigeria from growing.
“Our greatest challenge is not corruption but insincerity of leaders. Those claiming to fight corruption are not sincere. Without justice, we can’t move forward. There must be equity in the way we do things. Being selective in the fight against corruption will not take us anywhere.
“I have the required experience to lead this country. I have worked with the presidents we have elected into office in this country and I am able to manage the economy of my state despite lean resources.
“In the US and the UK, they ask you your experience when seeking for a job not your paper qualification. I have managed a poor economy in my state and that shows my ability to deliver,” he said.
“We are in firm control and the people are in our support. We just want to appeal to America and the international community to keep an eye on the poll. We don’t want INEC to come to our state with preloaded card readers or manipulate the process. We are sure to repeat the victory of 2014 when we won in all local government areas,” he stated.