Fayemi bans second term campaigners

Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, has barred all elected and appointed officials in the state from campaigning for his second term in office.

Mr. Fayemi gave the order in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday at the special sitting of the state House of Assembly while reacting to the vote of confidence passed on his administration by the house.

He called on them to forget about 2014 for now and join hands with him in tackling the various developmental problems confronting the state.

Mr. Fayemi, who rejoiced with the assembly, urged the law makers to continue to embrace constructive engagements in dealing with him and forget about campaigning for him for a second term.

He said that he is “incurably committed” to making poverty a thing of the past in Ekiti by engendering participatory democracy.

The governor said that by this process, all Ekiti indigenes would contribute meaningfully to the development of the state regardless of political or religious beliefs.

He said it would also encourage him to ensure that all the facets of the state’s economy were given a facelift.

“By the vote of confidence you unanimously passed on me today, you have placed a big burden on my shoulder because we have a lot of work to do for our people now.

“However, let us limit the encouragement you are giving me to the level of vote of confidence and forget about second term or 2014,” the governor said.

Members said their vote of confidence was based on the governor’s “scintillating achievements in infrastructure development in the last one year”.

The majority leader of the house, Churchill Adedipe, moved the motion and seconded by Ayodeji Odu.

The two opposition members in the Assembly, Bunmi Oriniowo and Samuel Oyedele also commended Mr. Fayemi’s leadership.

According to them, the governor has treated the assembly members as one family irrespective of party affiliations.

The house also used the occasion to call on President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that the management of the Dana Airlines pay adequate compensation to the victims of the crash.

The majority leader urged the Aviation authorities to conduct a holistic enquiry into the crash to ensure that culprits were brought to justice.

He said that the accident would have been averted, “if simple aviation rules and guidelines had been adhered to”.



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