Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said he is ready to face any probe panel in order to defend the actions his administration.
Speaking with journalists on Sunday in Ado Ekiti, the governor said there was nothing unusual in an administration being called upon to defend the actions taken while in office.
He said, “I expect that I would be called upon to defend certain actions or clarify actions and explain what I have done in office. That is stewardship. Anyone who has served must be prepared to render an account of stewardship, but even before I am called, I mean I have almost 1,500-page handover note for the incoming administration and I am sure they would have enough to chew on.
“And if they are not satisfied, I am sure they can ask questions as long as the questions are asked in a manner that does not impugn my character which I hold very dearly. And there is no reason why they should not be free to ask questions. It is a legitimate expectation of any new government to ask questions about what has transpired.”
Fayemi also said the All Progressives Congress will maintain control of the Ekiti House of Assembly after he exited power on Thursday.
He said, “We were 24 (lawmakers) before; we are now 25 in the House. So, if we assume that the lone PDP member is likely to join us, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the 25 from our side would do an Adamawa overnight and cross over to the other side.”
The governor, who described the recent attacks on the state’s judiciary as an aberration, stressed that his administration embarked on fundamental development of institutions in Ekiti rather than engage in frivolous politicking.
“I’m a student of the Awo School, I cannot recall any time while growing up, in all my admiration of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, hearing that he was sitting by the road side eating ‘boli’ (roasted plantain) with some people in order to demonstrate how close to the grassroots he was and I never saw him ride on ‘okada’ (commercial motorcycle) because he wanted to prove that he was a grassroots person,” Fayemi said.
He further condemned the recent attacks on judiciary workers in the state, describing it as a “monumental travesty.”
He called on right-thinking persons to condemn attacks.
“Once brigandage and thuggery descend on any society, there is a problem. What we have seen in the courts in Ekiti is monumental travesty that really shouldn’t be supported by any right-thinking person,” he said.