The newly elected governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has explained why he emerged winner of the July 14 elections, noting that the people wanted him back in power.
Fayemi during an interview on Channels Television, News at 10, also said he is returning to power because “there is unfinished business” in the Ekiti government house.
The former governor said the election victory means so much, not only to him but also to the people of Ekiti State.
“This victory means, at the Ekiti State level, a determination by our people to really have governance on a serious level back in Ekiti State. That’s why the people have shown fate, by returning us to power.
“On a national level, this victory means that the propaganda out there about our party (APC) being a party of trialists and people who are just interested in a section of the country is not selling to ordinary Nigerian.”
Explaining what he meant by ‘unfinished business’, Fayemi said his return to the seat of power as Ekiti State governor is to continue developmental projects in the state from where he stopped.
“I already explained that there is unfinished business. The clock of progress and development in Ekiti stopped in October 2014. (My) coming back is to restart the clock and get it back to the developmental trajectory. What we have witnessed in Ekiti in the last four years is arrested development.
“When I say reclaiming the land, it is not just about the physical reclamation of any land, it is about the reclamation and restoration of the values of our people.
“It is a return to decency, decorum and dignity. A return to a sense of self-worth and self-respect. A return to respect for our elders and traditional institution. It is a return to seriousness in government,” he said.
Responding to questions on his position to the Peoples Democratic Party’s disagreement to the election outcome and threat to challenge his victory in court, Fayemi said he is not afraid of tribunals.
Fayemi had gone on to head the Policy, Research and Strategy Directorate of the APC’s Presidential Campaign for the 2015 election before becoming Minister of Mines and Steel Development.
On October 15, 2010, Fayemi was declared the duly elected governor of Ekiti by an appeal court. This was after three and a half years fighting through the legal system.
He resigned as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development and recontested as Ekiti State governor under the platform of the All Progressive Congress in July 14, 2018.
He was officially declared as the winner of the Governorship election in Ekiti state by the Independent National Electoral Commission on July 15 2018. He won with 19,345 votes.