- Kayode Fayemi says there is no evidence to justify allegation that there was vote-buying during the last Ekiti governorship election
- He states that the APC won the election fair and square
- INEC issues certificate of return to APC's Fayemi
Ekiti state governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi, says it will be irresponsible on his part not to probe the administration of the out-going governor of the state, Ayo Fayose.
Fayemi said this on Thursday, July 19, when he fielded questions from state house correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.
According to him, his administration will examine what transpired in the last four years in Ekiti state including the failure of the Fayose-led administration to pay workers’ salaries, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“Well, l think we need to remove this election from personalities.
“This was an election that we fought on issues.
“And it will be irresponsible on my part to come here and say that we will not examine what transpired in the last four years in the manner of government.
“What was received in Ekiti State and the expenditures in that period? Why were we not able to pay salaries in the state?
“These issues should be examined in the interest of good governance.
“It is not about probing Fayose or probing Eleka or probing anybody.
“It is about not repeating the mistakes of the past and giving our people good governance and how to do so will also involve looking at what transpired in the last four years,’’ he said.
On the allegation of vote-buying during the last Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election, Fayemi said no evidence to justify such an allegation.
He said: “I haven’t any substantive evidence of allegations of vote-buying and intimidation.
“In the place where l voted, there was no vote-buying anywhere. As far as our party is concerned, we did not engage in that, it is not our style.
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“We won the election fair and square and it was an election that we fought on issues and not on the basis of any vote-buying.
“So, whoever has any evidence of that should present it to an independently verifiable audience,’’ he said.
Fayemi, a former minister of mines and steel development and former governor of the state, was on Sunday declared winner of the election by Idowu Olayinka, the chief returning officer for the poll.
Olayinka, who is the vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan, announced that Fayemi polled 197,459 votes to emerge winner, to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Kolapo Olusola, who scored 178,121 votes.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a certificate of return to Dr Kayode Fayemi, the winner of the governorship election in Ekiti state.
The national commissioner of INEC, Solomon Soyebi, presented the certificate to the governor-elect on Wednesday, July 18, at the commission’s headquarters in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Dr Fayemi, 53, was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a former minister of solid minerals development.
Receiving the certificate, Fayemi commended INEC and the security agencies for a job well done, stating that serious governance has just started for him.
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