Outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose on Thursday explained that he may not honour invitation to attend the inauguration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi “because of the erratic nature of politicians”.
The governor added that he had promised to appear at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on October 16, which he said, coincided with day of the swearing-in.
While advising members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly to cooperate with Fayemi and work for the interest of the state, he advised that whoever emerges Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly should work for the progress of the state.
Three All Progressives Congress, APC, and 11 members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had, on Thursday, removed the principal officers and installed an APC lawmaker, Hon. Adeniran Alagbada, as the new Speaker.
Governor-elect of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi had, on Wednesday, disclosed that Governor Fayose was specially being expected at his swearing-in next Tuesday, saying he is free to attend the ceremony as Ekiti leader.
Speaking at the State of the State press conference in Ado-Ekiti, on Thursday, Fayose explained that the EFCC may have the opportunity of harassing him if he reneged on his promise to appear before it next Tuesday.
Fayose said, “If I should attend the programme, some politicians may use the chance to harass me even when they are not sent by Fayemi.
“This will further destroy relationship. Issues between me and Fayemi are not personal. I have been cooperating with the committee set up by Fayemi on this transition
“Again, I have to be in EFCC office in Abuja on Tuesday. But let me say clearly that I am ready to appear before any panel set up by the incoming government to probe my administration,” he said.
Fayose urged Fayemi to deploy the N327m kept in the bank by his administration to complete the new Oja Oba market for the use of Ekiti traders.
He explained that he decided to abandon the civic centre project started by Fayemi and constructed a new market because it was not a priority to the people of the state.
The Governor said the newly built Ministry of Finance would be named after a former Minister of National Planning, Chief Ayo Ogunlade, to appreciate his contributions to the state.
The governor said he decided not to name any project after himself on the basis of his belief that such was morally wrong.
“The flyover, the new governor’s office, the roads, the Oja Oba Market, the Funmilayo Olayinka Women Development Centre and other projects will speak for me even if I refuse to name projects after myself.”