BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – With less than 72 hours to the expiration of his tenure as the Chief Executive of Ekiti State, Governor Ayo Fayose on Friday evening officially handed over the State’s affairs to the Head of Service (HOS), Dr Gbenga Faseluka.
Governor Fayose, who has turned down an invitation to attend in-coming Governor Kayode Fayemi’s swearing-in slated for Tuesday, October 16, 2018, also inaugurated the new Speaker’s Lodge named after the impeached Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Kolawole Oluwawole
In an emotion-ladden speech at a special cabinet meeting held inside the new Governor’s Office in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Governor Fayose said everything that has a beginning must surely have an end
The meeting that top government officials hinted was his last as State Governor, had Mr Fayose bidding farewell to Ekiti people as they prepare for Dr Fayemi’s the formal swearing-in as his successor and next Governor.
Governor Fayose told the meeting, attended by traditional rulers, the State lawmakers, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders, and senior government functionaries, that history would be kind to him considering the efficient management of resources entrusted in his care by the Ekiti people.
Pledging availability anytime he is called upon for an inquest into his management of the State’s affairs during the four year tenure, Governor Fayose said; “What has a beginning must have an end. It is not the number of years spent but the quantity and quality of achievements.”
Describing himself as “a man who came, saw and conquered”, Fayose said; “I can’t finish all, I have done my best. History will be kind on me as a man who has given his best to the people. I will remember all for your support, I bear no grudges against anyone.”
He thanked the people for their support, Fayose and urged them to cooperate with the incoming administration to take the state to greater heights.
“I thank the people of the state for their cooperation and urge them to extend same to the incoming administration
“There should never be a vacuum; our priority in Ekiti must be the discharge of our duties”, he said.
Speaking at the ceremony on behalf of others State Executive Council members, the Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo and Commissioner for Works, Mrs Funmi Ogun thanked Governor Fayose for giving them the opportunity to serve the State. – With agency report