I will come back, as Fayose bids Ekiti people farewell.
Amid outpour of emotion, Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday bid people of Ekiti State farewell.
Donning a T-shirt and a pair of jean trousers, he was driven through the Ado-Akure highway acknowledging cheers from the rooftop of his Lexus sports utility vehicle (SUV) and brandishing a signboard with the inscription, “Ekiti-Kete, Thank you all and goodbye.”
It was observed that tears rolled down the cheeks of many who lined up the streets to bid him farewell en-route the Akure Airport, Ondo State where he had to catch a flight.
Earlier in the day, at a thanksgiving held in his honour at the Government House chapel in Ado-Ekiti, the outgoing governor, in an emotion-laden voice, thanked the people for their support while in office.
Fayose assured the residents that he would always be with them, urging them to trust in God for a better future for him and the state, adding that he was a fulfilled man.
His words: “I am contented. I am happy and I say thank you. Don’t be disparaged, don’t worry about me, I will come back. I will rise to the glory of God. I have enjoyed uncommon grace; I will never complain but thank God.”
To the impeached speaker of the state House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, the governor advised him to take his fate as a divine act. He was last Thursday ousted by 14 of the 26-member Assembly who later went ahead to suspend a number of others believed to be loyal to the outgoing chief executive.
He advised: “I don’t want you to trouble your mind, there won’t be testimonies without battles. Go and concede defeat in the overall interest of Ekiti. You were removed illegally but let God fight for you.”
In his sermon entitled, Affliction shall not rise the second time, the Chaplain of Government House, Revd. Seyi Olusola, said a man must be ready to face affliction if he must rise.
“Don’t allow anything to trouble your mind, always come to God,” he counseled.
The governor’s wife, Feyisetan, said her husband would come back to Ekiti a triumphant man.
“We are coming back. I don’t know how but I have 200 percent assurances,” she enthused.
Traditional rulers led by their chairman and Oloye of Oye-Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju and the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, attended the event.
Also present were the outgoing deputy governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola and his wife, Janet; Chief of Staff, Dipo Anisulowo; Head of Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka; Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Modupe Alade; Oluwawole; members of the national and state assemblies as well as cabinet members and others.