On October 15, 2018, the administration of Government Ayodele Fayose will come to a close after four years of meritorious service to the good people of Ekiti state. Like nature always dictates, you gain some, lose some; you can’t gain or lose all in life, this change of political guard will be accepted with mixed feelings and reactions.
Those from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will see it as an end of an era. The All Progressives Congress (APC) will perceive it as a beginning of a new dawn. Whichever way the pendulum goes, the Ekiti people should be allowed to be the greatest gainers. Whichever divided of the politics one belongs, Fayose’s four years reign can’t be out rightly be described as a colossal loss to the people of our dear State. He has been able to prove his mettle in qualitative governance through infrastructural facelift of the State, particularly the state capital city. He has also done credibility well in the areas of Education, urban renewal development plan, civil service restructuring, rural integration, among others. This piece is not really centered around cataloging the achievement of this present government, but to admonish our political gladiators to put Ekiti first and refrain from those acts that would make Ekiti a battlefield in the post Fayose’s political era.
I am particularly elated that the next government will be piloted by another outstanding Ekiti man, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who has carved a niche for himself as a distinguished academic, politician and administrator. He has navigated the bumpy terrain in the past and I am convinced that putting Ekiti first will be a premium task of his administration and I don’t envisage any vindictive action from the incoming government that would once again portray Ekiti as a one day, one trouble state.
Since 2011, I have taken my time to write countless of opinions that were published in national dailies and aired on the state owned radio, painting Ekiti as a state where good things are happening. This I did for Fayemi’s administration, but became more pronounced under the Fayose-led government. I have done more for the present government in this regard.
As a scholar, I believe in developmental strides and propagation of the ideals that can boost the image of my state. Some have asked or insinuated that I have been doing this great image-boosting write-ups for pecuniary gains; this is capital no. I took up the challenge of doing all these out of altruistic mission that Ekiti of our dream can be realized with all hands on the deck to raise the bar of governance and bring democratic dividends to the good people of our dear state.
I am not a politician, not even a sympathizer of any political party. But I decided to support Fayose’s government based on the widespread belief, particularly outside Ekiti that Fayose represent evil. Some even erroneously thought that our state was doomed when the governor won re-election in 2014, because of their impression about his personality. That accounted for my interest in his achievements and trumpeting same to the world to show the skeptics that no Ekiti man can be underrated, in terms of intellectual and innovative capacities.
Though, every proponent of good ideals wants to be appreciated, either monetarily or through award conferments, but I have decided to dedicate my intellectual capacity to dissect Ekiti’s government and spread those gospels that can reshape already warped and twisted minds, who believed Ekiti has lost its virtues of excellence, oneness and togetherness, through laxity and morbid politics.
As we await the incoming government to be presided over by Dr. Fayemi, let Ekiti people be expectant that the transition will be seamless and crisis-free, contrary to the war beat and political uprising some self-acclaimed seers had prophesied.
The viewpoint was written by Dalimore Aluko, Principal Grade III/(Assistant Principal), Ikere High School, Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State. 08066181583