The United States, US, Ambassador to
Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has pledged to support Governor Ayodele
Fayose’s 2019 Presidential ambition.
Symington, who visited Fayose alongside
his Aide, Mima Torres, stated that he was impressed with the patriotic
zeal of Nigerians.
He said: “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
While applauding the infrastructural
development in Ekiti State, the US envoy said the Governor’s three years
in office had been keenly observed by the US.
“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
“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 a Presidential ambition, and wish to know your
programme for the country”, he said.
While urging Fayose to ensure support
for Ekiti women who were interested in agriculture, he stressed on the
need for free, fair, and credible elections
He promised that the US would ensure
that subsequent elections in Nigeria, particularly in Anambra and Ekiti
States, were free, fair, and credible.
Fayose in his response, mentioned poor
attitude by the people and the insincerity of leaders, as the major
problem retarding the growth of the country.
“Our greatest challenge is not
corruption, but insincerity of leaders. Those claiming to fight
corruption are not sincere. Without justice, we cannot move forward.
There must be equity in the way we do things. Being selective in the
fight against corruption, will not take us anywhere.”
On his Presidential ambition, Fayose
said: “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 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 do not want INEC
to come to our State with pre-loaded 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