Ekiti State Governor, Peter Ayodele Fayose has directed lawmakers representing the state at both the House of Representatives and the Senate in Abuja to ensure a former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi have a hitch free screening exercise at the floor of the senate come October 13, 2015 when screening of the country’s ministerial nominees is scheduled to take off.
Fayose who made this known while having a father to son discussion with student leaders of Ekiti origin at the conference hall of the governor’s office Wednesday. He said: “Ekiti is my number one priority, I called all the House of Representatives and Senators that are in Abuja on the platform of Ekit to support Fayemi. Some people petitioned the National Assembly, stating how Fayemi sunk Ekiti into heavy debt, I have told the members not to do that”.
All the members representing Ekiti at the National Assembly are from the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party(PDP). It would be recalled that Fayose worked very hard for the emergence of Fayemi during the gubernatorial re-run elections of 2009, pitching his tent against Segun Oni who was governor on the platform of PDP. Fayemi contested on the platform of the then Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) which is part of the ruling All Peoples Congress(APC) today. It was generally believed that Fayemi betrayed Fayose by sponsoring Senator Babafemi Ojudu against him in the Ekiti Central Senatorial District elections of 2010, thereby scuttling Fayose’s senatorial ambition. But for that singular act, Fayose would have been a senator in the 2014 elections without an opportunity to contest against Fayemi. The former governor lost all the 16 local governments in the state to Fayose and PDP in the elections.
But waxing prophetic, Fayose said: “It is God that judge people, not us. You must support him there. If a child would die, it shouldn’t be from the mother. They should not go to the House and oppose Fayemi, no, they must never do that. An Ekiti man is an Ekiti man. I appeal to everybody, you must support him. All former ministers from here in the time past practically really have nothing to show because we pull one another down. We must not pull ourselves down again. If they are behaving like that, we must live a better life. Promotion does not come from man but from God Almighty”.