Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola Ex-minister joins governorship race
A former Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Bode Olowoporoku, has said “generational curse” made Ekiti State to remain undeveloped 21 years after its creation.
Olowoporoku, who represented Ekiti South as a member of the Fifth Senate between 2003 and 2007, condemned attempts not to acknowledge the role he played in the creation of the state.
Addressing reporters yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, the former minister declared his interest to contest next year’s governorship election on the platform of the Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN).
Olowoporoku said he joined MPN because “the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been strangulated by Governor Ayo Fayose while the All Progressives Congress (APC) is sailing on wide sea without any sense of direction”.
He said the Ekiti Parapo war hero, Fabunmi Okemesi, placed a curse on Ekiti land because the people he liberated from the Ibadan/Oyo oppression rewarded him with ingratitude when their monarchs and leaders allegedly instigated the colonialists to incarcerate him in Ibadan.
He said: “Ekiti has since been cursed into paying all their benefactors with ingratitude, hence the state is in agony today. This generational curse has been responsible for the backwardness of Ekiti land.
“Myself and those who led the struggle for the creation of Ekiti State have been plotted against since the state was created, paving the way for total invasion of the state by ‘strangers’ to become governors of Ekiti State.”