The swearing-in of the ruling PDP candidate, Peter Ayodele Fayose as the new Governor of Ekiti State on Thursday, brought to a climax the series of political events that followed the June 21 Governorship election in Nigeria’s South-Western state, having defeated the sitting governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of the APC.
Inauguration ceremony held at the Olu Kayode Stadium in the Ado Ekiti state capital, had in attendance key members of the People’s Democratic Party, indigenes of the state political observers and well-wishers.
Ayo Fayose was sworn in as the 11th Governor of the state by the Chief Justice, Honourable Justice Ayodeji Daramola, putting to rest insinuations of rivalry between the two, following a September attack on judges in the Ekiti State High Court by party thugs, allegedly loyal to Governor Fayose.
The new Governor-elect in his inaugural speech, described the event as historical, observing a minute silence in honour of party members of the PDP and APC, who lost their lives in the crisis that rocked the state following the June 21 Governorship election.
Inauguration Ceremony Crowd Shot
The ruling PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu, led the other key members of the party to the witness the event; they include, governors of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Abia, Katsina, Bauchi, Kaduna Jigawa, Kaduna, Delta and Ondo States.
Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi was also present.
Governor Fayose while recounting the incident that led to his removal from office a few years earlier, noted that there was the “Hand of God” in his reelection.
He announced his intention to appoint a special adviser on “Stomach Infrastructure,” a phrase coined by the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola to over which the people of Ekiti state have been grossly criticized.
Governor Fayose declared all all new appointments made after the June 21 elections by the former governor void, while instructing the Head of Service to return all officers to substantive positions.
“If you play politics in the public service, we will send you home,” he stated.