By Gbenga Ariyibi
ADO Ekiti – Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, yesterday, reminiscenced on how he left Government House, eight years ago, due to high wired politics of the time, saying his coming back to the same office had the hand of God in it.
Speaking during a thanksgiving service at the Deeper Life Praying Camp, Ajebandele, Ado Ekiti, yesterday, Fayose narrated how he was allegedly persecuted for an offence he did not commit and how he was incarcerated at Ikoyi Prisons for 45 days during his trial by the Economic and Financial Crimed Commission, EFCC.
At the service which was attended by the former Oyo State governor, Otunba Alao Akala, traditional rulers and prominent politicians, Fayose said he had learnt his lessons, adding that this time around he would not allow sycophants to mislead him. His words; “My return to government is not common in history. It is a rare miracle. During the seven and half years of my political wilderness, I was taken to Court at least 59 times over what I knew nothing. This is besides the 45 days I spent in Ikoyi Prisons.
“My security and political aides like Chief Dayo Okondo were incarcerated for three and half years without committing any offence.
I won’t allow sycophants to derail me again. All my property were left in the Government House because I had to run for my dear life. So, this time my mission is to look after Ekiti people and not to fight anybody. . I will not allow this position to go into my head or use it to oppress anybody. I don’t have anybody in mind to punish or any political battle to fight.”
Fayose who said he has forgiven his traducers and others who plotted his removal from office in 2006, noted, “Having a second chance is very rare. If this time has been in Bible days, my name would have been one of the names to be recorded as those who God gave a second chance.”
He equally pledged to treat the traditional rulers with utmost respect and commended them to speak their minds against those he claimed had planned with some officials of the judiciary to stall his inauguration.
In her testimony, wife of the Governor, Feyisetan disclosed how God revealed the second coming of her husband to her. Mrs. Fayose said, ”God revealed to me that my husband, Mr Ayodele Fayose, will return as the Governor, but He never told me the time. God told me that our return would be done in such a way that will beat the people’s imagination.
At a time, I prayed to God to please push my husband out of politics. Later, God told me that He will leave him there for him to prove His power.
“After we left, Gen Tunji Olurin came, then Segun Oni and afterwards Governor Kayode Fayemi and today God has manifested His power. This is not by our power or strength, but by the grace of God”.
Mrs Fayose said her husband facilitated her closeness to God 19 years ago, when he took her to Deeper Life Bible church, “where I found God because I was deep in worldliness in terms of dressing and behaviour. Today, God has taken my life and I thank Him for restoring our lost glory”.
In his sermon, the Pastor in charge of the church, Pastor Jacob Asubiojo, spoke on the need to pray always, saying there was need to give thanks always.
In a letter addressed to Governor Fayose, the General Superintendent of the Church, Pastor Williams Kumuyi, urged the Governor to rule the State with the fear of God and imbibe the tenets of “integrity, openness, transparency and prudence in the discharge of his duties.”