The state’s delegates will be presented to the public on Wednesday
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has explained that the states controlled by the All Progressives Congress, APC, would be participating in the national conference “out of a sense of nationalistic responsibility”.
Mr. Fayemi, who stated this during a meeting with Ekiti state’s delegates to the conference, at Ado-Ekiti, on Monday, stressed that Ekiti would participate in order to safeguard the interest of all its people.
The delegates are elder statesman, Deji Fasuan, who is the leader of the delegation, Akin Oyebode, Olabisi Aina, Felix Ajakaye, and Onitaji of Itaji-Ekiti, Adamo Babalola, who is also the Chairman, State Council of Traditional Rulers.
Others are Kunle Olajide, Secretary, Yoruba Unity Group, and Ibukunoluwa Oluwole, an Ekiti indigene who is representing youth from the South-West geo-political zone.
The national leadership of the APC had earlier said it would not participate in the conference.
Mr. Fayemi, who expressed doubt at the capacity of the Federal Government to organise such “a sensitive national undertaking away from political manipulations” said the conference would achieve the goals of Nigerians rather than the people who convened it.
He expressed optimism that the conference would afford Nigerians an opportunity for robust deliberations in identifying the plethora of problems that has beleaguered the country and to collectively agree on possible solutions.
The governor said Nigerians would seize the opportunity to restructure the Nigerian state, guided by the principles of true federalism, equity and justice.
Mr. Fayemi said the delegates from Ekiti State would on Wednesday meet stakeholders from different segments of the state with a view to getting Ekiti people’s position on various issues that would be discussed at the conference.
He said open lines of communication would be established between delegates and Ekiti people so as to enhance easy input and feedback process during the course of the conference.
“The delegates being presented here today are going to the conference not to speak of themselves, but to communicate the consensus position of all Ekiti people. It is therefore requisite that we create avenue whereby they can interact with the people robustly with a view to engendering inclusion in the determination of our priorities as a people as we negotiate our place in the emerging order of our federal republic,” he said.
The governor described the delegates as people with unassailable integrity and patriotic devotion to the advancement of the state. He urged them to see the opportunity given them to engrave their names in gold on account of a very sterling representation of Ekiti interest.
The leader of the delegates, Mr. Fasuan, thanked the state government for choosing them to serve and promised on behalf of others not to disappoint the people of the state in handling the herculean task.