Dr. KayodeFayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship, offered free fuel to commercial motorcycle riders, better known as Okada riders, in Ado-Ekiti.
With the riders forming long queues to benefit from the gesture, the supply of free fuel of 5 liters was launched at a fuel service station in Ajilosun. As soon as the news spread that free fuel was being supplied at the outlet, the fuel station was besieged by the riders.
The riders were urged not to collect transport fare from the commuters they would be conveying.
Fayemi’s appearance at the fuel station turned it to a carnival who made use of the opportunity to recall what he did for their unions during his first tenure.
The APC candidate urged the riders to ignore allegation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) camp that he would ban commercial motorcycle operations if he wins the July 14 poll. Rather than banning Okada business, he would give the operators more incentives including soft loans, equipment and provide good roads to aid their operations. He added that his government, which was in office between 2010 and 2014, gave the riders’ union N150,000 monthly allowance for logistics and running of their office. Fayemi also revealed that his first administration celebrated Okada Riders’ Day for the first time in the state’s history. PWKD11072018