A former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Sikiru Lawal, has commended the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, for restoring his privileges and those of his former boss, Segun Oni.
He described the governor as a leader with uncommon love for Ekiti and its people.
This was contained in a statement by Mr. Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, on Thursday.
Messrs. Oni and Lawal, were governor and deputy governor respectively from May 2007 to October 2010 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
They were sacked by the court who ruled that the immediate past governor, Kayode Fayemi, then of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, won the 2007 governorship election.
Mr. Oni defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, and is the party’s national vice chairman, South West.
The statement by Mr. Olayinka quoted Mr. Lawal as expressing his gratitude to the incumbent governor on behalf of the members of the State Executive Council, SEC, that served in the Oni administration. Mr. Lawal said Mr. Fayose had further demonstrated that he was on a mission to restore all the lost glories of Ekiti State.
Mr. Lawal lamented that Mr. Fayemi refused to restore the privileges even though he and Mr. Oni wrote a letter dated January 16, 2014 to the former governor, demanding for their entitlements as former governor and deputy governor in line with the Ekiti State Pension Law 2006.
He said, “We wrote a letter on January 16, 2014, demanding for the performance of the obligations of the State Government imposed under the Pension Law 2006 with regards to our entitlements, but Fayemi refused. Even when Oni joined the All Progressives Congress, APC, and campaigned for Fayemi, his pictures that they removed from the lobby and Exco Chamber of the Governor’s Office were not returned.
“Therefore, for Governor Fayose, who was worked against by Oni to have been magnanimous to the level of restoring our privileges that Fayemi wickedly denied us of, I can’t but be grateful to him.
“He is living to his promises of governing Ekiti with the fear of God and love for the state and its people, and I am thanking the governor on behalf of those who served under the Segun Oni’s government.”
The statement said the former deputy governor described the removal of Mr. Oni’s photograph from the Governor’s office and refusal to accord him (Oni) with the privileges of a former governor by Mr. Fayemi as “vendetta taken too far.”