Incoming governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said that the state’s outgoing governor, Ayodele Fayose, is free to attend his inauguration on October 16, 2018.
He disclosed that he has invited all state governors for the event, which according to him will also have President Muhammadu Buhari in attendance.
Fayemi made this known on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti at a press conference addressed by the committee handling the preparations for the inauguration ceremony.
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.
Part of the programme selected 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.
Speaking for Fayemi, the chairman of the Inauguration’s Media and Publicity Committee, Mr Yinka Oyebode, said “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.
“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.”
A former governor of the state and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Segun Oni, wants a court to annul the emergence of Fayemi over his refusal to resign 30 days to the election as stipulated by law.
Also, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, in the election, Professor Kolapo Olusola, is also praying the court to declared him as the winner of the election, claiming that the poll was rigged in Fayemi’s favour.
But Fayemi said during the press conference that court suits can not stop the inauguration ceremony.
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