BY Gbenga ARIYIBI
ADO EKITI—The governor-elect in Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose yesterday received certificate of returns from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, just as he vowed to appoint Ekiti State-based indigenes as commissioners and other political appointees.
INEC presented the certificates to Fayose and his deputy, Dr Olubunmi Olusola at its headquarters in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, in the presence of a huge crowd of their supporters and party men.
The presentation was sequel to his victory over the incumbent governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Saturday’s election
Speaking after receiving the certificate ,Fayose thanked the officials of INEC assisted by the security agencies for conducting a free, fair and acceptable election in the state.
“With this election, INEC has proven that it has the capacity to put Nigeria back on track. You did not choose a governor for us in your office, but you allowed Ekiti people to freely choose. This will forever remain in history.”
The governor-elect used the opportunity to caution people outside the state to desist from making harsh comments about the election, saying “democracy is the government of the people, by the people and for the people.
”I will go for the goal like Chief Obafemi Awolowo because I will not look sideways,” he said.
“It only takes the kindness of God for people to rise twice. And I am making this pledge that I will serve the common people and I will also respect the elites”.
He promised that with the cooperation of other leaders to reawaken and reenergise the PDP in the zone to its position of leadership, Fayose urged Ekiti indigenes not to entertain fear, saying he won’t persecute anybody on account of political differences.
He assured politicians in the state that he would appoint majority of them as political office holders, saying the PDP has a lot of technocrats
Speaking earlier while Presenting the certificate, the INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, promised that the Commission would continue to replicate the achievement recorded in Ekiti in the subsequent elections.
Jega, who was represented by the INEC Commissioner in charge of Southwest, Prof Lai Olurode, stated that many top functionaries of the Commission would have been sacked , but for good performance in Ekiti election.
He said the Ekiti election “was not delivered by caesarian section because we did not predict the outcome. We never allowed our personal predilection to determine the outcome of the election. That is why we are celebrating today
In his remark, the Ekiti Resident Electoral Commissioner , Alhaji Halilu Pai , described the ceremony as a celebration of success and victory in the poll, having been adjudged free and fair and exact representation of the will of the people”.