Dr. Kayode Fayemi, was on Tuesday sworn-in as the new Governor of Ekiti State, with a charge by President Muhamadu Buhari that the Governor second coming would afford him the opportunity to redirect Ekiti to the path of greatness and abundance in terms of economic prosperity.
President Buhari expressed his unwavering confidence about the ability of the new governor to deliver democratic dividends to the people. Fayemi defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP),Prof Kolapo Olusola in the July 14 Gubernatorial election with a marginal victory of about 19,028 votes.
Buhari, who was represented at the event by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF), Mustapha Boss, said Fayemi as a former member of the Federal Executive Council(FEC), had a profound interest in the development of the state and had persistently being disturbing him on the for more Federal presence in Ekiti State.
Fayemi who was Clad in white Agbada and his usual ‘Awolowo cap’ to march, was sworn-in by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola at the Ekiti kete pavilion, which was filled to the brim large crowd. Admirers and party members, who were dressed in Aso Ebi had filled the main bowl of the Ekiti Parapo pavilion along old Iyin road, Ado Ekiti capital city at about 11.45am.
Those who could not access the venue of the ceremony occupied the streets leading to the pavilion and those at another pavilion at Fajuyi park monitored the happenings on a huge screen installed in the place
Earlier, his Deputy, Chef Bisi Egbeyemi took the oaths of office and allegiance at about 12.20pm. The governor also inspected the guard of honour and police parade mounted by men and officers of the Nigerian Police Force. Dignitaries at the ceremony include: Former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani, Ex-APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun and former Ekiti State Governors, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Bamidele Olumilua.
Governors at the event were: Governors of Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun, Oyo, Abiola Ajimobi, Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu, Kadina, Nasir El-Rufai, Lagos, Akinwumi Ambode, Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu, Bauchi, Mohammed Abubakar, among other Nigerians and diplomatic corps who graced the occasion.
The President Buhari pleaded passionately with Ekiti voters over his reelection bid in 2019, saying he has a lot to offer Nigerians if given the opportunity to be reelected during the contest with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and presidential candidate of the PDP.
He said: “I know Dr Fayemi very well, he has always cherished anything that has to do with the development of this state. As Ekiti governor between 2010 and 2014, he instituted some laudable projects that impacted positively on the lives of the people and this pavilion was one of them.
“I know that he will do what is right to justify this mandate. I charge him not to relent in his efforts to serve Ekiti with passion, commitment and candour . “FG has given supports to states in the areas of bailouts, budget support , ecological funds and paris club refund, of which Ekiti was a beneficiary.
“We have extended the standard rail project to Ekiti and the construction of the Federal Secretariat will soon be completed. The FG is also planning to dualise Ado-Akure road and reconstruct Ado-Ikare road for the use of our people. We have also built another 133kva power source in Ekiti that will be commissioned soon. “As of today, 11,000 Ekiti indigenes are benefiting from the N-power programme of this administration. “We are confident that Dr. Fayemi will help cover the lost grounds brought by past administration. From today, you will begin to have a new breath in Ekiti under the present government”, Buhari said.
Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/10/fayemi-takes-over-as-ekiti-governor-to-probe-states-finances/