Governor Kayode Fayemi has said that the PDP and it’s candidate in the July 14, 2018, governorship election, Prof Kolapo Olusola, are free to challenge his victory to the supreme court and contribute meaningfully to his government.
Fayemi said he never perceived the governorship candidate as an enemy, saying the opposition was free to make useful suggestions for the smooth running of his government.
The governor spoke in Ado Ekiti on Saturday while appearing on a programme tagged Meet the Governor’.
“I have never seen Prof Olusola as an enemy, but I have been seeing him as a co-contestant, so we won’t shy from approaching him to seek his advice on any issue we feel he could be of help for the smooth running of our government.
” But this shouldn’t be misinterpreted to mean that we are ready trying to prevent Prof Olusola from seeking justice up to the supreme court, he is free to challenge us.
“The appeal court on Thursday delivered it’s judgement and said the PDP has no evidence of rigging against us, so we are not afraid of being challenged”, he stated.
The governor also denied the allegation that federal might and money were deployed to muzzle the opposition in the just concluded national and state assembly elections.
” If you look at the outcome of the results, there was no local government where opposition didn’t score at least 30 percent in all the 16 local government areas.
“So, the conduct had been adjudged free, fair and the outcome was credible going by what INEC said”, he said.
The governor added that his government will promote technical education to counter the rising unemployment in the state.
” We feel that skill acquisition is good in view of what we are experiencing in the labour market. We must be able to convert our love in education to wealth and that s what we are out to do.
” We are also creating a knowledge zone to make Ekiti a destination when it comes to knowledge and skills. About 117kms of roads will be constructed to link all the towns within that zone together.
“They call it knowledge park in advanced nations and we are studying how we can pattern our own model after any of the countries that are already practising the policy”.
Fayemi added that he is committed to the reestablishment of the abolished Local Council Development Areas, the policy he initiated during his first term.
He stated that his government will soon conduct local government elections in the state to bring development to the grassroots.
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