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Why Govt. Fayose is Supporting Fayemi’s Ministerial Nomination

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The Chief Press Secretary to the Ekiti State Governor, Idowu Adelusi, has said Governor Ayodele Fayose will never allow opposition party, the All Progressives Congress or any group to draw him into politics of bitterness or to take vengeance on anybody

He said this while speaking in an interview in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday. He said the Governor is of the belief that vengeance belongs to God alone and that when God has vindicated someone, the person needs not to fight for himself.

Reacting to insinuations by some APC members that Fayose had no choice other than to support the nomination of the former Governor as a minister.

It will be recalled that Governor Ayodele Fayose had two days ago instructed Senators from Ekiti State and members of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, in the National Assembly to support the candidacy of ex-governor Kayode Fayemi, on the floor of the Senate when the screening exercise of ministerial nominees starts on Tuesday.

All the lawmakers in the National Assembly from Ekiti State are from the Peoples Democratic Party.

This is coming after the Presidency, through the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, asked the nominees to lobby senators from their states, so as to have smooth sail during screening.

Adelusi said: “I hope people running their mouths are aware of the rule of the Senate that at least two senators from s nominee’s state must support such nominee. But apart from that, the governor’s type of politics is devoid of bitterness.

“Since Governor Ayodele Fayose came into office, by his deeds, he has not discriminated against even people who are his sworn enemies. The man he appointed the Solicitor-General of the state was the man that was used by those in government then to prosecute him over phantom murder charges.

“Whether anybody likes it or not, God has made him the leader of the state now, in spite of the scheming, plots and gang up of some people. When God fights your battle for you, what else do you need to do other than to watch?

“Fayose’s kind of politics is not vengeance as it is being played by Ekiti APC which is very crude. Their own mindset is that if something is not theirs, it cannot be for somebody else and they will try all means possible to destroy it.

“Fayose is starting a new platform of ‎politics without bitterness, that era of using petitions to block ministerial appointment is gone.

“If there is a fellow who should be vengeful, it is Fayose because he is the one political detractors ‎did all they could to destroy. But since God is not part of their evil agenda, Fayose is governor again. I can tell you that if Fayose has not intervened, the Senate will not approve the nomination of Fayemi. But we will not give back to them what they gave us, rather we will teach them how politics should be played.”

More so, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly in the State, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Stephen Gbadamosi, said the entire Assembly was behind governor Fayose, for the selfless statesmanship displayed.

Oluwawole said: “Fayemi remains the predecessor that mismanaged the resources of our dear state and makes the realisation of lofty ideals of his successor, Fayose, for the people of Ekiti State a Herculean task now. But for the governor to ask his party men and woman in the National Assembly to support his becoming a federal minister speaks volumes of his love for his state.

“That is the height of non-partisanship in politics. We in the House of Assembly respect and adore him that he canvassed for that help for Fayemi because he does not want the state to lose the opportunity of having a minister in the Federal Government.

“Put politics apart, Bashorun Ayo Fayose has displayed uncommon statesmanship by asking his party men to support the ministerial chance of his opposition party member, in the interest of the benefit such development will bring to Ekiti. This is what shows that a politician is a states man, and Fayose deserves a pat in the back for that. Politics should never be a do-or-die affair.

“If anybody needs to be scrutinised, call for his or her scrutinisation. If they need to be put in a place where they can contribute to the growth of their people, we should support that. It does not mean that they cannot be called to give account of their stewardship thereafter. Fayose has been displaying qualities Nigerian leaders need for us to move ahead as a nation.”

He further added that, there was no way the impact of an indigene of Ekiti State being in ministerial position would not be felt in the state, reasoning that this was why Fayose would not want the opportunity to elude the state.