- The fact that Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti is yet to recognize Kayode Fayemi's victory at the gubernatorial polls has sparked reactions among political critics
- One of such concerned persons is a spokesman to Fayemi, Segun Sipe, who said that Fayose is still in denial
- In his statement, Sipe said that the governor is still reluctant to set up a transition committee for a smooth handing over
A spokesman of Ekiti state governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi, Segun Sipe, in a statement on Thursday, August 16, accused Fayose of failing to return the good gestures extended to him four years ago when he emerged the winner of the polls, Vanguard reports.
Sipe said: “One month after the 14 July 2018 Governorship election in Ekiti State, Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose is still in denial.
"He has neither congratulated the acclaimed winner of the election, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, who happened to be his predecessor in office and did not deny him the benefit of such honour in 2014, nor constituted a committee that will see to the smooth transition of power from him to the governor-elect, who will take over the mantle from him on 16 October 2018.”
Concerning the importance of setting up a transition committee, Sipe said: “No well-meaning leader would want to treat this very important process with levity, except a Fayose who keeps deluding himself and his followers who keep decreasing in number by the day.
"In their minds, something surreal would still happen that would truncate the handing over process, and so there is no need to set up a committee for the transition.
"On the other hand, some people are of the view that Fayose might rather be planning to have a conversation with his legs, that is, take a flight when transition becomes imminent.
"He would rather leave the handing-over to his hapless subordinates than to sink his over-bloated ego and act statesmanlike.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Fayemi of the All Progressives Democratic Party (APC) had won the state's gubernatorial elections.
The former minister and ex-governor defeated Professor Olusola Eleka, the current deputy governor of Ekiti state and the anointed candidate of Governor Ayodele Fayose.
From the results of the 16 local government areas in the state, Fayemi defeated Professor Kolapo Olusola in 12 LGAs.
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