The Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has extended an invitation to Governor Ayodele Fayose to attend his inauguration slated for October 16, 2018, saying he is free to grace the occasion as a leader of the state.
At a press conference addressed by the committee handling the preparations for the inauguration ceremony in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, Fayemi said President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors, particularly those of the APC extraction will be gracing the occasion.
Part of the programme lined up for the ceremony was a lecture and an essay competition entitled: ‘Reclaiming Our Land, Restoring Our Values, Ekiti of my Dream’. The lecture will be delivered by the world-renowned Poet, Prof. Niyi Osundare.
Fayemi who spoke via the Chairman of the Inauguration’s Media and Publicity Committee, Mr Yinka Oyebode , disclosed that the outgoing governor is free to grace the epoch-making event.
“The committee for Dr Fayemi’s inauguration has been communicating with those working on the side of the government. The government also graciously gave us the use of some of its facilities, so we have been working together.
“President Buhari attaches much interest in the ceremony, because of the love he has for Ekiti and he will also be attending as the father of the nation.
“All the State governors have been invited and Governor Fayose, being an outgoing Ekiti governor is free to attend”, Fayemi said.
He said the post-inauguration will feature a town hall meeting across the three senatorial districts of the state, where he would rub minds with stakeholders on how best to confront the challenges militating against the people.
“I know that we have challenges, but those problems are not insurmountable. Fayemi’s inauguration on October 16 will be a new dawn in Ekiti land. We shall begin work on how best we can give our people the values for their lives and how to ensure they take ownership of their own government.
“President Buhari attending this programme is novel. It shows the significance of this ceremony. It shows how important and strategic our state is in the federation”, he added.
Fayemi also added that the suit filed by former Governor, Segun Oni and the one instituted by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic party in the July 14 poll , Prof Kolapo Olusola can’t stop the inauguration ceremony.
While Oni, who came second in the APC governorship primary was challenging Fayemi over his refusal to resign 30 days to the election as stipulated by law, Olusola had approached the tribunal seeking that he should be declared the winner of the election, claiming that the poll was rigged in Fayemi’s favor.