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Fayemi bans second term campaign

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Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has said his focus is on tackling the various developmental challenges facing the state and not the 2014 election.

To this end, he barred all elected and appointed officials in the state from campaigning for his second term in office.

Fayemi gave the order in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday at the special sitting of the state House of Assembly, during which the House passed a vote of confidence in his administration.

While appreciating the House members, Fayemi said the vote of confidence placed a higher call for responsibility on him, saying the move should not be focused at the next election but at developing the state.

He called on them to join hands with him in tackling the various developmental problems confronting the state.

Fayemi, who rejoiced with the assembly, urged the lawmakers to continue to embrace constructive engagements in dealing with him and forget about campaigning for his second term.

He said that he was “incurably committed” to making poverty a thing of the past in Ekiti by engendering participatory democracy.

The governor said that by this process, all Ekiti indigenes would contribute meaningfully to the development of the state, regardless of political or religious beliefs.

“By the vote of confidence you unanimously passed on me today, you have placed a big burden on my shoulders, because we have a lot of work to do for our people now,” Fayemi said.

“However, let us limit the encouragement you are giving me to the level of vote of confidence and forget about second term or 2014.”

Members said their vote of confidence was based on the governor’s “scintillating achievements in infrastructural development in the last one year”.

The majority leader of the house, Churchill Adedipe, moved the motion and was seconded by Ayodeji Odu.

The two opposition members in the Assembly, Bunmi Oriniowo and Samuel Oyedele, also commended Fayemi’s leadership.

According to them, the governor has treated the assembly members as one family, irrespective of party affiliation.

The House also used the occasion to call on President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that the management of the Dana Airlines pays adequate compensation to the victims of the crash.

The majority leader urged the Aviation authorities to conduct a holistic enquiry into the crash to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.

He said that the accident would have been averted “if simple aviation rules and guidelines had been adhered to.”

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