Noble Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has said though Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi’s electoral defeat was mystifying, he has made the state one “all of us should be proud of.”
Soyinka, a state guest at the commissioning of the newly-built Governor’s Lodge, named ‘Ayoba Villa’, in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, asked Fayemi and others at the event to “put the mystery aside and the emotional attachment.” He enjoined them to “Continue to build on the foundation that has been laid by him.”
To Soyinka, “Many people within and outside Ekiti were mystified. There is a clarity in my mind. That clarity has been demonstrated today and has been manifested in the four years of Fayemi.
I’m glad that there is no sadness on the face of anybody. I’m happy I do not perceive any iota of regret on the face of anyone. That is the way it should be.”
Also at the event, House of Representatives Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, said posterity was a better judge between Fayemi’s performance in office and his loss at the poll. Tambuwal stated that despite Fayemi’s loss, he had continued to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.
On his part, Governor Fayemi stated that he was unapologetic about his government’s actions. He said he left his successor to “either honour or desecrate the legacy the APC government is leaving behind.”
He added that “For us anyway, in the last four years, it has been truth, sacrifice with integrity, honour, compassion, commitment to good governance and competence in public office.
“For us, public office remains the highest form of duty. We have no apology for all we have done. We thank our people for the solidarity and support.”
Others at the event were Ekiti APC Chairman, Jide Awe and party faithful.