By Lawrence Olaoye
Ekiti state Governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi, yesterday presented his Certificate of Return to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
He was accompanied by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Zamfara state governor, Abdulazeez Yari, Katsina governor, Aminu Bello Masari, Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Fayemi said he would probe the administration of the outgoing Governor Ayodele Fayose with a view to finding out why the state staff salaries are not being paid.
The Kebbi governor also counseled politicians in the country to dwell on the issue based campaigns during elections.
On the probe, Fayemi said “Well l think we need to remove this election from personalities. This was an election that we fought on issues and it will be irresponsible on my part to come here and say that we will not examine what transpired in the last four years in the manner of government. What was received in Ekiti State and the expenditures in that period. Why were we not able to pay salaries in the state.
These issues should be examined in the interest of good governance. It is not about probing Fayose, probing Eleka etc, it is about not repeating the mistakes of the past and giving our people good government and how to do so will also involve looking at what transpired in the last four years.”
Asked whether he would continue the politics of ‘stomach infrastructure’ of the outgoing governor, he said “We have always been interested that our people lived a decent life; a life without hunger; with social support and that is why we were paying social security benefits to the elderly. We provided the youth graduate scheme for the recent graduates, provided support for the communities.
For us, we never saw stomach infrastructure from any pedestrian manner that the current administration has lived it up to. For us, it is about total development of our people, human capital development in education, health care, in social services and infrastructure development. It is total services we focused on. We increased salaries three times so that people could put food on their table in four years. That was why we provided range of allowances for the workers . There was a huge difference between what we did and the present administration with lack of salaries , heartless , despair and despondency. We are restoring the values and reclaiming our mandate.”
On allegations of vote buying, Fayemi said he had yet to see any evidence of such as it never happened in his polling unit.
Kebbi governor who was also the APC campaign chairman for Ekiti state said the election was peaceful, free and fair.
He said “Let people campaign on issues and here we have a candidate who was humble and despite what happened before, he was humble to say in 2014 that if that was the wishes of Ekiti people, I will not go to court. Ekiti people have once again delivered their wishes and anyone who loves Ekiti should respect their wishes.”