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EKITI: Traditional rulers hail gov-elect over ‘thank you visit’

THE Oore of Otun Ekiti and paramount ruler of Moba kingdom,  HRM Oba Adekunle Adeayo Adeagbo, has described the decision of Governor-elect, Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji, to embark on a ‘thank you visit’ to palaces after his victory at the polls as unprecedented in the history of the state.

 Oba Adeagbo, alongside other traditional rulers from Moba Local Government received Oyebanji, his Deputy, Chief Monisade Christianah Afuye, State Chairman of APC, Barrister  Paul Omotoso and other party leaders on Tuesday and prayed for the success of the incoming administration. 

The  Oore said: “Oyebanji is not the first politician that would approach traditional rulers for royal blessings before election and this is not the first time a governor would emerge in Ekiti but this is the first time a politician would come back after winning  election to show appreciation,”

The royal father extolled the good virtues of the governor-elect and lauded him for his act of gratitude.

“We are extremely excited for your act of gratitude which shows the kind of person you are. Though, I am not too surprised with this good step you have taken. It has further affirmed  the ‘Omoluabi’ trait in you. With this, you have simply shown that you have  passion for Ekiti State. We are not in doubt that your tenure in office would be spectacular.”

Similarly, the Olojudo of Ido-Ekiti, Oba Ayorinde Ilori-Faboro, who spoke on behalf of other Obas in Ido-Osi Local Government expressed same feeling and admitted that the Governor-elect has taken an  entirely different step.

He relayed the laudable role played by the Governor-elect during the struggle for the creation of Ekiti State, stressing that Oyebanji’s victory at the poll was a reward by God for his selfless sacrifice towards the creation of Ekiti State. 

“We are happy that the people of Ekiti voted for you. Your amiable personality won you the election. We are having for the first time one of the agitators for the creation of Ekiti State as  Governor-elect and that makes the difference.

 “You are part of bolt and nut that brought this state together. Beyond that, this is the first time a Governor-elect would deem it fit to say ‘thank you’ for the favour done him.”

All the traditional rulers present at the meeting venue unanimously agreed that the step being taken by the Governor-Elect is a genuine step and at the right time.

Earlier, Oyebanji had restated his commitment to prioritize the welfare of the traditional rulers in his administration as well as according them their due respect.

“I made a commitment before my election and I am here today to reaffirm that commitment before man and God. The commitment is that I will  reference you, respect you and give priority to your welfare in my administration”

Oyebanji acknowledged the great role played by the traditional rulers during the struggle for the creation of Ekiti State which, according to him, placed them as  critical stakeholders in Ekiti state. He promised to engage them from time to time and incorporate them in his administration.

 Speaking at another forum attended by community leaders, market women, politicians and the neutrals in the local governments visited, Oyebanji  said his administration would assist promoters of small scale businesses and artisans in the area of funding. He also promised to tackle the issue of insecurity that have been one of the major challenges facing the state. 

 He called for unity among  party leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti state, pointing out that any leader or member creating faction within the party is not doing the party any favour.

“Any leader that is promoting factional groups is not doing well for the party. I know no any other faction than APC and my loyalty is to the entire state because I’m governor for all. Therefore, I urge you to give way for unity and peace in the party and in the State” he added.

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