WOLE BALOGUN, Ado Ekiti
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Prince Adesola Gold, has charged the newly-elected members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly to partner Governor Kayode Fayemi in the governor’s bid to develop the state.
Adesola, a House of Representatives aspirant in the last APC primaries, assured that with the calibre of governors like Fayemi, the lawmakers can’t be reduced to mere rubber stamps in the discharge of their duties.
In the House of Assembly election conducted on March 9, the APC won 25 of the 26 seats while that of Ekiti East constituency II, was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
A new assembly will be inaugurated by Governor Fayemi on June 6, the day the tenure of the present one will elapse.
Speaking in Osun Ekiti in Moba Local Government Area of the state on Thursday, Gold assured that the alleged suppression which emasculated the Assembly under former Governor Ayodele Fayose won’t dog the Assembly that would be constituted in June.
“Under the immediate past government, lawmakers’ voices were subjugated; nobody dared to look the governor in the eyes.
“Those lawmakers who tried to assert themselves were suspended indefinitely and some were expelled from the party despite being members of the PDP.
“But with the kind of refined governor like Fayemi that we have, I am sure that there will be mutual respect and there will be a partnership that will make Ekiti great in all spheres.
“I want to also charge the lawmakers to come with the determined mindsets to serve Ekiti and not to engage in any battle with the executive,” he said.
Speaking about the patterns of voting, which predominantly favoured APC, Gold added that the electorate in Ekiti are now better informed about how to make the right choices for good governance.
“Our people decided to vote for real governance and moved away from stomach infrastructure at the detriment of infrastructural development.
“The four local governments of Efon, Ikere, Emure and Ado-Ekiti, won by PDP in July 14 governorship election were not left behind; they all moved with the moving train of the ‘Next Level.’
“In less than six months in office, Governor Fayemi has opened our eyes to how a globally-recognised government should be and I applaud our people for believing in APC and making the right choices.”
Gold charged the elected officials to work hard and carry their constituents along in order not to betray the confidence reposed in them by the electorate.