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A governor’s first week in office

By Dayo Johnson
Saturday, October 16, 2010: Dr. John Olukayode Fayemi sworn-in at 3.10 p.m. at Palm Spring Estate, Ado-Ekiti by an state’s acting Chief Judge, Justice Silas Oyewole.

The Deputy Governor, Mrs Funmi Olayinka’s oath taking took place at 3p.m. Gov promises a new dawn for the state, including free education at primary and secondary school levels.

The camp of the ousted Segun Oni derides the declaration of free education as deceit claiming free education existed in the state before now.

Sunday, October 17th Governor Fayemi attends St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Ado_Ekiti to give thanks to God for his victory. The Bishop of Ekiti Catholic Diocese, Most Revd. Felix Ajakaye admonishes him not to see anybody or group as his enemy, and shun taking order from any godfather but God, himself.

Fayemi, at the service says his administration inherited  infrastructures that were in comatose.

Monday October 18th Governor Fayemi in Abuja to collect from the Independent National Electoral Commission his certificate of return from the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega.

He asked Nigerians never to give up on the possibility of having a new country where things work. Tuesday, October 19th , Fayemi asks the Peoples Democratic Party in the state to take its defeat like a sportsman. It is a reaction to PDP’s statement on his policy of free education.

Wednesday, October 20th the governor removes the portraits of Oni from the Governor’s Office saying Oni’s administration was not known to the law because he occupied the office illegally for three and a half years.

Fayemi went to the ACN Secretariat accompanied  with his wife, Bisi, and his deputy, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka. Fayemi warns party members against reprisals on PDP loyalists.

“I have been getting security reports from our local government councils but I do not believe that our members are responsible for the beating and harassment in Emure, Ijesa_Isu, he says, adding

“I want to plead with whoever is behind this to stop. Don’t let anybody use the name of our party to commit any crime. Yes, we may have bottled anger but we should not vent our anger on anybody.

We must give all glory to God for our victory and the way to give him all the glory is to forgive and let peace reign.  “The ACN is about peace, our party is about democracy, God has done it for us and we should give him all the glory. We all have to work hard now to uplift our people from the shackles of poverty which has gripped them for the past three and half years.”

Thursday, October 21: Governor Fayemi makes his first appointments: Alhaji Ganiyu Owolabi as Secretary to the State Government, SSG; former Director of Communication, Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organization, Mr Yemi Adaramodu as Chief of Staff to the governor; and Mr Mojeed Jamiu, a journalist as Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media.


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