The Oasis Reporters
October 16, 2018
There has been a Change of Guard in Ekiti State as the People’s Democratic Party, PDP government of Peter Ayodele Fayose is succeeded by the All Progressives Congress, APC’s government of Fayose Fayemi.
Incidentally, Dr. Fayemi ended his first tenure, exactly four years ago today.
A major characteristic of the Handover ceremony was the show of strength of the Mobile Police Force displaying through demonstrations how they employ modern skills to break up demonstrations and riotous agitations, a skill that would best be a common feature of the old apartheid regime in South Africa.
Those lost in time would have expected more of traditional dances from all the local governments and professional cultural troupes to entertain both local and foreign guests. Rather, they got more of militarized displays.
Dr. Fayemi had no gracious words for his predecessor, Fayose who was his successor, four years ago, describing Fayose’s regime with words like the display of “Crass ineptitude”, “loquacious ignorance”, “playing to the gallery”, “ building bridges to nowhere”,
Fayose not understanding what “governance is all about”, nurturing an “increased crime rate”, “corrupt regime” and prayed that never again would the land of Ekiti fall into the hands of the likes of Fayose that he has just rescued.
“Never Again” were words that punctuated his angry speech, even as he lampooned and mocked Fayose’s “stomach infrastructure” scheme, yet proposed a “social security safety net” for the elderly in Ekiti State.
While Kayode Fayemi affirmed that he had not come back to governance as a “revenge mission”, he said he had come as a healing balm to rescue the state from the depths it had fallen into, and thanked God that Fayose’s regime was the “end of an error”.
Agriculture and rural development would be his focus, he said and calls on sister Yoruba states in the South West of Nigeria for a synergy towards developing the region.
Meanwhile, escorted by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, former governor Ayodele Fayose has arrived at the offices of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC that had placed him under security watch out of fear that he may abscond from the country. Fayose has defied their assumption by submitting himself and daring the anti graft agency.
It is also to be noted that the much contested election that ushered in the Kayode Fayemi regime is still being contested in court, just as more regime changes in the state where brought about in the judiciary, not necessarily through a free and fair election. Fayemi’s first tenure itself brought an abrupt end to the regime of Segun Oni, who was governor after Niyi Adebayo. Just as Fayose’s first tenure came to an end via the instrumentality of the courts, three years into his days in office.