*Promises To Establish Cattle Ranches, Not A Colony
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate, Prof Kolapo Olusola has revealed that he’s not distracted with the underground politics been played by the Independent National Electoral Commission and the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the July 14 Ekiti Governorship elections.
He disclosed this on Monday in an interview where he also pointed out that he’s optimistic of getting the vote of the people irrespective of the ruling party move to influence the election.
“Well, INEC is expected to conduct credible elections but we have seen it in some other places that sometimes what you see is not what you get and that is why we are not sleeping. We are sensitising our people, when you vote, you must stand around there and watch over your votes. Federal might or no federal might, the might of God is the greatest.
“Don’t forget, the power of the people should not be under estimated. Ekiti is not like Ondo State or any other state. If they have done that in Ondo State, they cannot do that in Ekiti State. Ekiti people are ready to resist any form of fraudulent practices. Ekiti people know what they want. In all my campaigns, I have been telling the people to watch over their votes.
“The power of the people is greater than those of us in power, they should understand that. Don’t forget that the security agents are also human beings. We expect the security agencies to be impartial, we expect INEC to play an impartial role but whatever happens, we know God is on our side. The God factor cannot be ruled out.
Meanwhile, Mr Olusola has reiterated that if elected as Governor he would reject call for cattle colony but accept the cattle ranching as recognised by the international body.
“Well, there is a difference between ranching and colony. The word colony itself is irritating. What do you want to colonise? But ranching is an internationally-accepted approach and there is nothing wrong with cattle ranches. We are not saying no to cattle ranches and I want us to establish that. What we are saying is that there should be no place for colonies. They should not deceive Nigerians by playing with words.
“There is a difference between establishing a ranch and a colony. In a colony, you take over the whole place and say it is your own, but in a cattle ranch, Yoruba can be there with the Hausa and Igbo; anybody who is interested in animal husbandry or to rear cows can all be there in the same environment. So the land does not belong to any particular tribe. They can be given a space there to operate and it does not have to be the Fulani alone. So, I am not against cattle ranches. As a governor, I can go ahead and support the establishment of cattle ranches, but not a colony.
By Augustine Akhilomen