By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The people of Igbomina/ Ekiti in Kwara south senatorial district of Kwara state have vowed to resist any attempt by the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed to foist on them foreign politicians from Lagos as their political leaders.
A former Commissioner for Information in Kwara state and youth leader of international repute, Comrade Ben Duntoye said the people of the area voiced out their resolve during the campaign tour of the area by the stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) ahead of the Saturday’s bye – election to fill the vacant seat of Irepodun/ Oke- Ero/Ekiti/ Isin federal constituency in the House of Representatives.
Duntoye posited that the people of the area are enlightened and can’t fall for cheap, cosmetic politicans
and their Lagos sponsors.
He said the Igbomina/ Ekiti people are special breeds who could not be enticed with monetary inducement.
He said the Minister of Information was fully aware of this fact and long cherished virtue of the Igbomina/ Ekiti people but was only trying to please his sponsors so that he can retain his current job.
The grassroots politician added that the All Progressives Party’s (APC) rented crowd at its rally in Omu- Aran will not have any effect on the outcome of the bye- election which he said PDP will win convincingly.
“Majority of APC stalwarts and supporters that attended the rally were imported from Ilorin and neighbouring states. This rented crowd will not alter the outcome of the election which the PDP is sure to win as our people have resolved not to be subservient to Lagos politicians with expansionist ambition.
“Bringing in chopper to Omu- Aran is not enough. They can even go ahead to bring Boeing aeroplane.
Our people have totally rejected the agenda of selling us to Lagos politicians,” he declared.
Duntoye enjoined the people of the area not to be intimidated by high presence of security operatives but troop out en masse to vote for the candidate of the PDP on Saturday.
“Our people have rejected those who play politics of hatred, who have never made impact in the lives of the people in the 42 wards of our Federal Constituency.Thugery will not work and will be totally rejected by our people.
“Security operatives should ensure fairness and orderliness. They must protect everyone. One man one vote. Our votes must count,” Duntoye posited.
He said that the PDP candidate in the election, Saheed Jimoh Alatise is competent, accessible, trustworthy and will represent his people effectively in the lower chamber of the national assembly, if given the mandate.