Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has received the support of nine senatorial and house of representatives candidates in Ekiti State.
The candidates in a letter released on Friday promised to follow Governor Wike where ever he goes, adding that they will do whatever he does.
The Ekiti candidates in the letter released through Oluyinka Akerele, PDP House of Reps candidate for Ekiti North 2 federal constituency, accused the party of failing in its responsibilities in last week’s governorship election in Ekiti.
According to the candidates, Governor Wike came through for them despite the decision of the party’s leader against former Governor Ayodele Fayose and his followers.
The governorship candidate of the PDP, Bisi Kolawole came third in the election which was won by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Biodun Oyebanji.
The full letter reads, “Thank you Governor Wike On Your Mandate We Stand
“Your Excellency sir, Our leader and benefactor, this short note is nothing but appreciation for your support for our party in Ekiti, our leader Ayo Fayose and his followers. You stood so firmly with us, despite the conspiracy against you and our leader.
“You came through so strongly for us. Even when for reasons best known to them, those in charge of the party failed in their responsibility (details for another day), you never did
“Notwithstanding the outcome, you were still there to show concern as a statesman and a party man that you are.
“Having found this immeasurable and exemplary leadership in you, we will remain with you in this struggle. Wherever you go we go, whatever you do we will support you.
“We are not unmindful of the fact that our support for your legitimate aspiration based on the principle of the rotational presidency, is not unconnected with the conspiracies against our leader and your good self. We however wish to state that we will continue to champion very strongly, whatever decision you take publicly without apologies.
“We will respond strongly and decisively to any attempt at undermining or disrespecting your person and leadership. We will not beg for relevance with them.
“As our leader will say, they have the yem and the knife, whichever way they dice it, we will cook it at the market square for them.
“Most importantly, nobody should act as if the election has been won. They may wish away Ekiti: votes but not wish away the voice of Governor Wike and Fayose.
“Again, for us, on your mandate we stand.
“Thank you, sir.
Senator Biodun Olujimi, Senatorial Candidate, Ekiti South
Alhaji Lateef Ajijola, Senatorial Candidate, Ekiti Central
Mr Funsho Ayeni, Senatorial Candidate, Ekiti North
Joju Fayose, House of Reps Candidate, Ekiti Central 1
Lere Olayinka, House of Reps candidate, Ekiti Central 2
Henrich Akomolafe, House of Reps Candidate, Ekiti South 1
Jennifer Adenike Emiola, House of Reps Candidate, Ekiti South 2
Babatunde Ajayi- House of Reps Candidate, Ekiti North 1
Otunba Oluyinka Akerele – House of Reps Candidate, Ekiti North 2″