Ahead of the proposed plan by the Ekiti state government to set up cattle ranches as a solution to the recurring conflict between herders and farmers there, the opposition People’s Democratic Party in the state has called on Governor Kayode Fayemi not to cede any part of the state for the establishment of cattle ranches for herders men.
State Publicity Secretary of the party, Raphael Adeyanju,in a statement said though the plan was laudable, the government should not use public funds for the creation.
It described cattle breeding as a private business being undertaken by everyone irrespective of ethnic affinity, adding that interested herdsmen should establish ranches on their own since open-grazing was no longer fashionable in the 21st century.
The party vowed to use constitutional means to stop any attempt by the governor to “play politics with the destiny of Ekiti people because of his rumoured 2023 presidential ambition.”
“We in the PDP regard cow rearing as lucrative business. Apart the Fulani’s, many indigenes of Ekiti also engage in the business, they should be encouraged to engage in modern ranching .
“We are however opposed to Fayemis attempt to play politics with Ekiti destiny because of his inordinate ambition.
“He has no right to cede any portion of Ekiti to appease some troublesome elements of the society”, it added.