Fayose shuts down Ekiti to celebrate women
The state government had declared a public holiday for Wednesday for women in the state to troop out to Oluyemi Kayode Stadium to celebrate women.
At the event, the governor announced a N500m empowerment fund for 1,000 women.
He also dispelled fears that the ongoing litigation over leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party would affect the party in the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti.
Fayose again hinted at the prospect of moving out of the party if Senator Ali Modu Sheriff won at the Supreme Court.
“We are not with Sheriff and we will never be with Sheriff. After the judgment at the Supreme Court, we will chart a way forward.
“Don’t despair, you have a leader sent by God who would go beyond Ekiti to conquer in Nigeria,” he said to the gathering.
The governor also criticised the Police and the Department of State Service for allegly being a willing tool of the All Progressives Congrss-led Federal Government.
“Let them come and carry their APC police and DSS. I have the people as my local police. Come and carry your APC materials,” he retorted.
At the occasion, Fayose promoted a woman Executive Director, Mrs Adewole to a Permanent Secretary in the civil service, and also empowered a female musician popularly called Bukky with N2m to purchase instruments with a pledge to appoint more women.
The main bowl of the stadium was filled to capacity with women drawn from all the 16 local governments appearing in attire carrying the portrait of the governor to celebrate the event.
Fayose said the celebration was targeted at liberating women from the culture of being kept perpetually in the kitchen, promising to create opportunities for Ekiti women in businesses and politics.
The highlight of the event was when Fayose ordered the women groups to display their voter cards for the Independent National Electoral Commission and APC to see he enjoyed massive supports from the electorate.
He said, “You APC professional riggers, see for yourself, you can’t take Ekiti. INEC in Abuja, can you see the voter cards? Our performing Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, can you see? Show it to Senator Bukola Saraki, let them see.
“I don’t want you to entertain any fear. Let me tell you expressly that the PDP in Ekiti is behind Senator Makarfi. We are not with Sheriff, Ekiti is a no go area for APC. APC only exists on the pages of newspapers and propaganda, but today, we have marched them up and even overtook them.”
Promising to liberate women from all forms of oppression, Fayose added, “Very soon, I will empower women engaging in petty trading and other businesses with a sum of N500m. I will also want to give financial assistance to 1,000 women apart from a sum of N200m I want to give to 200 women in farming.
“Time has gone when women were being kept in the kitchen and the other room. Now, you must come out of your hiding. In the election coming up in December this year, women will be given one-third in councillorship, chairmanship and supervisory councillorship lots and you know when I say I will do, I shall do,” he said.
A Niger Delta woman activist, Mrs Ankia Briggs, advocated the restructuring of Nigeria, saying this will help in championing the course of womenfolk and bring about equitable and stable Nigeria.
Briggs urged Ekiti women to embrace the change being pioneered by Fayose to liberate women from wanton poverty.
The wife of the governor, Mrs Feyidetan Fayose, appealed to women to be good and supportive wives, promising to use her office to bring succour to Ekiti women wherever they might be.