by Dare Lawal
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti is rounding up his stint as governor of Ekiti state. On Sunday, the governor inaugurated the new Ekiti Government House known as the “Ayoba Villa.”
Present at the event were dignitaries like speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Woke Soyinka.
Fayemi said at the occasion that he had no regrets over the things he did when he served as governor, but said that now that he has done his part, it was up to his successor, Ayo Fayose, to “either honour or desecrate the legacy the APC government is leaving behind.”
Gov. Fayemi said that the last four years for him and his team have been about “truth, sacrifice with integrity, honour, compassion, commitment to good governance and competence in public office. For us public office remains the highest form of duty. We have no apology for all we have done. We thank our people for the solidarity and support.”
The speaker of the Nigeria House of Reps, Aminu Tambuwal, who also spoke at the event, hailed Fayemi for governing Ekiti in a dignified way, and for the indelible marks he is leaving in the state.
The APC state chairman, Chief Jide Awe, said that Gov Fayemi has “rescued a lot of projects from the jaw of stomach infrastructure to have made them real social infrastructure. To us in APC, It is not over yet, we are matching forward. There might be temporary eclipse, after this eclipse comes sunshine. We have done a lot in this state through our governor and government that posterity will not forget us. The state belongs to us. We will continue to struggle to ensure that we achieve our ideals for this state. We will continue to galvanise and mobilise our party for greater height. I want to assure that victory is achieved already. Victory is certain.”
Wole Soyinka on his part expressed surprise that the last election did not go the way of the governor.
“Somewhere something went wrong and it has to be corrected. That is the message I have for all of you. Be patient but at the same time be watchful. Many people within and outside Ekiti were mystified. There is a clarity in my mind. That clarity had been demonstrated today and has been manifested in the four years of Fayemi.
“My own message is that put the mystery aside and the emotional attachment. Continue to build on the foundation that has been laid by him. The state has been resurrected in a way that all of us should be proud of. I’m glad that there is no sadness on the face of anybody. I’m happy I do not perceive any iota of regret on the face of anyone. That is the way it should be.”