By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said that the selection of his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as his successor was a divine arrangement.
Fayose added that if he were to use human wisdom to choose who to support as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in next year’s governorship election in the state, he would have rooted for one of his former commissioners, Mr Kayode Osho.
He, however, maintained that since he committed the matter to God’s guidance, the divine lot fell on his deputy and he had no choice than to support Olusola.
Fayose made the disclosure in Ado-Ekiti yesterday during a thanksgiving service to mark his third year in office.
In his words, “I wanted Kayode Osho, but the Lord said it is Kolapo Olusola and I had no choice but to obey. I didn’t pray alone, but asked many other people to pray along on the matter and the result was the same. I am believing God that when we are marking the fourth anniversary of my administration, you, Kolapo Olusola, will be preparing for your inauguration as governor of this state.
“Some people are asking how you will do it because you have a different personality from me, but Elijah and Elisha in the Bible had different personalities and God still used them mightily in their time. I pray that God will make those who are not supporting you now to come over to your side and work for you and support you,” he said.
On the possible challenges ahead as the election year approaches, Fayose urged his supporters not to be afraid, but to know that with God, all battles would be won.
On the recent detention of two state officials by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Fayose said the duo would seek redress in court.
He later presented a car each to the Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo and the Accountant General, Mrs Yemisi Owolabi.
The governor said since people go to court and are compensated for infringement on their rights, as the Chief Executive of Ekiti State, he was bound to compensate them for their illegal arrest and detention for 14 days.
He thanked the people for their support and assured that all ongoing projects would be completed and that backlog of salaries would be paid.
Meanwhile, Fayose has said his administration is working tirelessly to leave the state better than it met it and that is why it is executing numerous developmental projects across the state.
He said this in Ikere-Ekiti at the weekend while inaugurating the dual carriage road linking the town with Ado-Ekiti, as well as water fountain in the centre of the town.
The 17 kilometre road is fitted with street lights.
The governor also said he would also take a holistic look at the chieftaincy tussle between the Ogoga and Olukere.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, described Fayose as a leader worthy of emulation.
He noted that despite the economic challenges in the country, Fayose had done well.
He expressed confidence that their party, the Peoples Democratic Party would soon be back in power at the federal level and many states in the country.
The Ogoga of Ikere, Oba Adejimi Adu Alagbado, said Fayose had written his name on gold and in the hearts of the people of the state by his sterling performance.
He said the governor had provided the infrastructural foundation for the economic and commercial take off of the town and urged the people to take advantage of that.