The nomination of Abdulkazeem Ogunsakin as the PDP running mate has energised the contest with Muslim groups taking sides for and against the first Muslim to be nominated on the ticket of any of the major political parties.
39-year old Ogunsakin was speaking at a rally organized for both himself and Eleka by the Ekiti Muslim community in appreciation to Governor Ayo Fayose for endorsing a Muslim as Deputy Governorship candidate of PDP.
The event held at the newly constructed Fajuyi park arena in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. Praising the role of the governor in his nomination as deputy governorship candidate, he said: “I appreciate you on behalf of the young people of Ekiti State and Nigerians at large.
We have been agitating that we are not too young to run and today, you have made our dreams come true. We are very grateful to you sir. We are assuring you that we are not lazy like somebody said.”
“We will defer to you, we will not be arrogant, and as God lives, we will appreciate you come July 14 , we will embarrass the APC with votes,” he said.
Also speaking at the rally, which was well attended by hundreds of Muslims in the state, Chief Imam of Ekiti State, and Grand Imam of South West, Delta, and Edo, Sheik Kamiu Kewulere Bello, said, “We asked for four things from the governor, and he has done three things now. This third he did is so surprising.
“We had told him that since he already has supported a Christian governorship candidate, we wanted the deputy.
“We had said that any party that fails to carry one of us as a deputy governor, we will not support. But Governor Fayose has chosen our son, Abdulkazeem. Any other party that called us we will answer them, we are their fathers.
We are not politicians. Also speaking at the occasion, the candidate, Kolapo Eleka described Governor Fayose as grand commander of grassroots politics and lover of youths. He lauded Sheik Bello for his leadership qualities, saying, “I thank you for back acknowledging that Fayose is a promise keeper. Fayose, a promise keeper, has kept this promise.