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“God Has Delivered Ekiti State From Slavery, I Will Restore Her Values”- Governor Elect Fayemi

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By Odunayo Ogunmola

“God Has Delivered Ekiti State From Slavery, I Will Restore Her Values”- Governor Elect Fayemi

Ekiti state Governor-elect Kayode Fayemi said God had liberated the state from slavery with his victory.

Fayemi was accompanied by his wife, Bisi, the deputy governor-elect, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi;

Senator Fatima Raji Rasaki (Ekiti Central) and state APC Chairman Olajide Awe.

A huge party was held in Fayemi’s Isan-Ekiti hometown on Saturday when it became clear that he was coasting home to victory.

Fayemi’s arrival at the party secretariat created a huge lockdown on Ikere Road along Ajilosun area of the city.

Addressing a news conference at the party secretariat, Fayemi urged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Kolapo Olusola and Governor Ayo Fayose, to emulate him (Fayemi) by conceding defeat the way he did after losing the 2014 election.

“Let them behave the way we behaved in 2014; we should all know that in an election of this nature, you can only have one governor at a time.

“We conceded in 2014 and our counterparts on the other side should accept defeat for peace to reign in Ekiti State and they should refrain from violence for Ekiti to enjoy peace,” he said.

Fayemi explained that the people of Ekiti State, especially government workers and pensioners, need immediate succor from the suffering they are going through. He promised to initiate the process of easing the pain of offsetting unpaid arrears in collaboration with the outgoing government.

The governor-elect promised to set up a Transition Committee to liaise with the outgoing government to facilitate smooth transfer of power on October 16.

Fayemi said: “As we look forward to the inauguration of the new APC administration on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, I offer my assurances that we will not wait till then to bring immediate succor to you.

“We will proactively explore all avenues within the limits of the law, especially through the Transition Committee to be set up very soon, to ensure the outgoing administration prioritize the payment of the backlog of salaries to all categories of workers and pensioners.”

Calling for unity after a bitter struggle for the governorship seat among all parties and co-contestants, Fayemi urged them to remember the bond of unity as Ekiti people.

He said: “The very nature of elections are divisive as we cannot all see things from the same perspective, nether can we all have some preference for political parties and candidates.

“However, regardless of how we voted yesterday (Saturday), I encourage us all to accept the results in true democratic spirit and commence the journey to reuniting our state.

“Despite the divisive nature of the contest, I want you to remember our bond of unity as Ekiti people. I, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, hereby offer myself to be governor of all irrespective of faith, creed or political belief.”

Addressing the crowd outside the secretariat, Fayemi said: “God has liberated Ekiti from slavery, God has given Ekiti from slavery, God has restored peace to Ekiti.”

He promised to restore good governance, values and ethos Ekitis are renowned for noting that bad governance, brigandage and abuse of power will become a thing of the past.

Fayemi praised security agencies, election observers, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), international community, labour, media, traditional institutions and the international community for contributing to the success of the poll.

He described his victory as one “for reclaiming the land and restoring Ekiti values”.

Speaking to reporters in his hometown Isan-Ekiti shortly after he was declared the winner, Fayemi said: “The victory of this election, I believe, is for reclaiming the land and restoring the values of our people.

“Our values in Ekiti are respect for our leaders, commitment to our people, non brigandage nor criminality and so on.

“ This victory is a victory for all; it is not a victory for only Governor Kayode Fayemi; it is a victory for all the Ekiti people.”

He added: “This was just not an Ekiti election. I want people to understand that this election has a lot of significance to the future of democracy in Nigeria.

“The fact that we have witnessed a free, fair and transparent election process has huge importance for similar exercises, like Osun State next door to us and eventually the national elections in February 2019.”

The former Minister of Mines and Steel Development and APC candidate was declared winner at 7.49am by Chief Returning Officer and University of Ibadan (UI) Vice Chancellor Prof. Idowu Olayinka.

The Chief Returning Officer said Fayemi polled 197,459 votes to beat Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Prof. Kolapo Olusola who scored 178,121 votes.

Fayemi won in 12 local government areas. Olusola won in four.

Fayemi won in Irepodun/Ifelodun, Oye, Ido/Osi, Ikole, Moba, Ise/Orun, Ilejemeje and Ekiti West local governments.

The APC standard bearer also won in Ijero, Gbonyin, Ekiti South West and Ekiti East.

Outgoing Governor Ayodele Fayose is from Irepodun/Irepodun local government.

Olusola won in Ado, Ikere, Emure and Efon local government areas. Olusola hails from Ikere.

[The Nation]



  1. bimbo1

    July 16, 2018 at 12:33 AM

    i beg shut up i dont know what you came back for

  2. Sarah Udof

    July 16, 2018 at 3:20 AM

    Do your best to help the Ekiti people. They need u now more than ever.

  3. uzoma

    July 16, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Fayemi was the governor before losing to Fayose. What is Fayemi coming back to do for Ekiti people that he did not do his first time as their governor? Maybe he forgot to take more money from Ekiti treasury. Nigeria is fond of recycling old and intellectually outspent politicians. All that is left in their brain is how to steal.

    • Jilo

      July 16, 2018 at 6:36 PM

      He was rigged out in 2014 election when Fayose forced himself into the office through Jonathan, Obanikoro and his henchmen. A totall of $16 billion was spent on 2014 Ekiti Election. That was the reason why that Military guy who was coerced to compromise Ekiti election deserted Army.

      Go to YouTube and watch the confession of Tope Aluko one of Ekiti stale holders who help them ferry the Dollars ferried through Aircraft into secluded area in Ekiti. They lied to Jonathan that Fayose must win Ekiti in order for Jonathan to win South West. Imagine the amount of money spent to bring him back then is enough to solve Ekiti financial problems.

      I’m not for any party, Buhari may not be performing at our expectations but do you think PDP that led us to this problem will eventually comes back to solve our problems after destroying us for 16 years.

      It appears that we Nigerians are quick to forget the trauma we might have gone through that is why these people are talking advantage of us. For Fayemi to come back implies that it doesn’t matter how long, if someone falsely took your mandate,you can come back to take it back from him. Plus, Fayemi reached out to Ekiti people by giving the elderly weak people some stipends while he was governor.

  4. Hannah

    July 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    God save ur children

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