By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said that his victory at the Supreme Court in the eligibility suit instituted against him by a former governor of the state, Chief Segun Oni, will pave way for the state to move forward.
The governor said the Supreme Court judgment indicated that he actually resigned in line with the constitutional provision and that the primaries of the party which produced him as All Progressives Congress(APC)governorship candidate in Ekiti State in 2018 was free, fair and credible.
Fayemi, who stated this in Ado-Ekiti,the state capital on Wednesday during the swearing in of the Head of Service, Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi, shortly after the Supreme Court in Abuja dismissed Oni’s appeal against his emergence, said: “Ekiti must move forward. Enough of these distractions. Enough of these recriminations over matters that ought not go to court.
“It is very clear that I resigned in accordance with the constitution of the land and that the shenanigans than culminated in the White Paper that said Fayemi should not serve in public office have been dealt with in the appropriate law courts as the thrash that it was at the time.
“It also shows clearly that the primaries that took place in Ekiti for anyone who is objective enough, the cleanest, the fairest and most credible primaries that ever has taken place in the history of electioneering in Nigeria”.
Fayemi, who said Oni was right to have gone to court since he felt strongly about a position, said: “Now that the highest court in the land has pronounced definitely on it, I hope he would see it as a cue to play a more active role in the party.
“Oni, to the best of my knowledge, remains a member of the APC. I don’t believe he has elected to remove himself from the party. But I think this would not lead to another round of recriminations and attacks,” Fayemi said.
The governor charged the new HoS to be upright and provide right leadership for the civil service, saying: “We will not tolerate any breach of the accord we have signed with Ekiti people. Do your best, justify the confidence reposed in you”.
In his response, the new Hos, Ajayi, who promised to provide strong leadership for the civil service, added: “I will implement and develop the ideals of the service”.
He said: “This is an epoch occasion. Epoch-making in the sense that somebody who has been literally condemned is now a king,” in reference to how he was vilified by the immediate past administration.