By: OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Barely three weeks to the conduct of the much awaited Ekiti state Governorship election slated for July 14, foremost Yoruba traditional ruler, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has warned politicians in the state and other indegenes against misuse of power that could make them turn the state into theatre of war before,during and after the poll.
The monarch said the election should not be conducted under the atmosphere of war, saying Yoruba should resist attempt to push them against one another over elections.
Oba Ogunwusi gave the warning in Ekiti State University on Saturday during the 23rd convocation ceremonies of the university, where he bagged Doctor of Public Administration (honoris causa) of the institution.
Others, who bagged similar award were: The former Registrar of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and that of University of Ife(now Obafemi Awolowo University, Chief Alex Ajayi, Mr. Abiodun Adedapo, Dr. Olasehinde Olatunji, Mr Israel Ovirih and Dr Falil Ayo Abina, are to be honoured with Doctor of Public Administration, Doctor of Finance , Doctor of Public Administration and Doctor of Economics, respectively.
The wives of the Governor of Ekiti State, Mrs Feyisetan Fayose and that of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Janet Olusola, bagged Masters Degrees in Guardian and Counseling of the University.
Oba Ogunwusi said power belongs to God and that time has come for Ekiti to display its homogeneity by electing Governor Ayodele Fayoe’ssuccessor through a peaceful ad credible poll.
He said: “We don’t want war in the coming election. We don’t want violence and wanton killings in the name of election.
“We don’t want anyone to set Yoruba race against each other again. Power belongs to God and when it comes to election, the people have the power to elect their leaders and the power to elect doesn’t belong to the powerful people alone.
“So, this time, let the people decide who lead them. Time has come for us to know that power belongs to God and He gives to whoever He likes. We must see and view Ekiti as first in our hearts”, he advised.
Oba Ogunwusi said the award would motivate him to do more for the university, saying he was committed to be part of any initiative put in place by the management to move the institution forward.
Governor Fayose said his commitment to education propelled him to initiate policies that moved Eiti forward from number 35th to first in national examination in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
He said his government had impacted positively on the people’s lives in the areas of agriculture, health and social and human infrastructures, adding that posterity shall judge him well as a governor , who did exceedingly well for the populace.
Fayose added that the state deserves continuity in the July 14 governorship election, so that his Deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) can complete the laudable programmes he began.
He described those conferred with honourary doctorate degrees as people with integrity, who had contributed to the development of the nation in all spheres.
He said: “This university needs radical turnaround in all spheres. The State Government can’t do it alone. But with the support of the private bodies, we can go places.
“We are not used to selling awards here, no our awards are not for sale. But we need people of good minds to contribute to our universities, because I believe there is hope for Nigeria and that hope will come faster if we can invest in education”, Fayose stated.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Samuel Oye Bandele, said the university had decided to jack up its Internally Generated revenue as a way of shoring up infrastructural development necessitated by poor funding from the government.
Bandele said the university is making good exploits in bakery, block making and other ventures that can impact positively on the university and the Ekiti community.