The Ado-Ekiti traditional institution on Wednesday, 7th May, 2014 endorsed the re-election bid of Governor Kayode Fayemi describing the him as “Awolowo of our time”.
The Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, who received Governor Fayemi in his palace, described the first four years of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate as “remarkable, unprecedented and unforgettable in the history of the city and the entire state”.
The traditional ruler likened Governor Fayemi’s strides in Ekiti to those witnessed during the premiership of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the old Western Region.
Unable to hide his joy on the Fayemi administration’s urban renewal which has changed the face of Ado-Ekiti and turned it into a worthy state capital, Oba Adejugbe told the huge crowd that stormed his palace in solidarity with the governor that “Awolowo has resurrected in Ekiti”.
The governor paid a visit to the Ewi’s palace on Wednesday at the commencement of his two-day electioneering campaign around the city.
Fayemi’s royal visit was turned into a big carnival by indigenes of Ado-Ekiti who turned out in large numbers to usher the governor into the palace with trumpeting, singing and dancing.
Cultural groups, community associations, interest groups, politicians, market women, youths and members of the public struggled for space in the palace square, cheering endlessly as the royal father poured encomiums on Fayemi for turning Ado-Ekiti to a modern city.
Ado-Ekiti stood still for several hours on Wednesday as residents trooped out in large numbers to receive the governor.
There were huge traffic snarls in many parts of the city with residents singing the praises of the governor and expressing appreciation for what he has done.
At homes, shops, markets, offices, schools and other public places, Ado-Ekiti residents chanted ‘APC…Change’, ‘Ko duro s’oke’, ‘Four plus Four’, ‘Fayemi, Carry Go’, ‘No Vacancy in Ekiti Government House’, among other slogans.
Areas visited by Fayemi’s campaign include Old Garage, Okeyinmi, Oke Ila, Housing, Nova Road, Basiri, Okesa, Oke Oriomi, Fasuan Crescent, Ile Abiye, Ekute, Mobil Filling Station, Ijigbo, Matthew Street, Odo-Ado and Mugbagba.
Oba Adejugbe said what Fayemi has done in his kingdom has brought joy to all sons and daughters of Ado-Ekiti at home and abroad praying, that Fayemi will realize his dream of taking the state to greater heights.
The monarch said he was not surprised by what Fayemi has done, noting that the governor had articulated his eight-point agenda while canvassing for votes in all nooks and crannies of the state before his assumption of power.
His words: “Your first four years in office are remarkable, unprecedented and unforgettable in the history of Ado-Ekiti and the entire state.
“What you have done in Ado is a big wonder to us. What you have done in Ado has marveled us. We are all happy with you for what you have done for us in our community.
“You have done a lot for us and your performance in office is making all of us to be happy. We are happy with you for implementing the eight-point agenda to develop our town and the entire state.
“In fact, we have seen your blueprint before you came to power and this has brought development in various sectors to us and all of us are living witnesses to your good works.
“Indeed, Awolowo has resurrected in Ekiti, you have done what had never been witnessed in the history of our state. Our students are recipients of free laptops and you conducted a special free medical mission to all palaces”.
The Ewi prayed that God will grant Fayemi’s wishes for re-election to enable him continue the good works being witnessed all over the state.
He also cautioned politicians against politics of bitterness, arson and assassination, advising them to tell the electorate what they have in store for them rather than resorting to self-help.
Responding, Fayemi said his campaign in Ado-Ekiti happens to be the peak of his campaign which started in his hometown, Isan-Ekiti on March 23 when the ban on open campaign was lifted.
He noted that all his campaigns round the state have been highly successful and peaceful without any record of fatalities.
The APC standard-bearer explained that Ado-Ekiti received a special attention from his administration because of its strategic importance as home for all and seat of government.
Fayemi added that work is still going on in the state capital, promising not to rest on his oars in making the city better and greater than what it is presently.
His words: “There should be difference in our capital city. Ado-Ekiti has received special attention from our administration because of its strategic importance.
“Work in Ado-Ekiti has reached a crucial stage. There is still much to be done in Ado-Ekiti and work is still going on in many parts of the city.
“Kabiyesi, it will interest you to know that I just commissioned the first phase of Ekiti Digital Transformation Project with the coming on stream of the Internet Broadband and installation of security cameras in Ado-Ekiti today.
“Apart from giving our people free internet access in the Ado-Ekiti Central Business District, it will also enhance our security because if somebody attempts to rob a bank for instance, he will be seen through the cameras that have been installed and the fellow will be arrested.
“Ekiti will not go backward again. Ekiti will be moving forward. I am confident with the royal blessings you have showered on me and I know that whatever Kabiyesi says has been endorsed”.