The Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr. Ayo Fayose, of the Peoples Democratic Party has said his deputy, Dr. Olusola Eleka, will not succeed him in 2018.
He also said he had no plans to embark on industrialization of the state because there was no adequate power supply to support that, adding that he will empower the people through contract award to indigenes.
Addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, Fayose, who admitted that the Constitution did not permit him to take the oath of office more than twice said, “I have taken one and I will take another one in October.
After that, I will find my way to my house. Again, I have chosen a deputy governor and I have told him from the beginning that the two of us will pack our load and leave the Government House because I don’t want a deputy that will start playing politics behind me when we are in government and will be distracting me, I don’t want that again.
So, he is practically here for me to look after certain things for me and ensure that we succeed. When I am going, I will hold his hand and say bye to Ekiti people.”
According to reports from the Punch, Fayose while addressing his supporters who visited him after the declaration of the result barred them from insulting the incumbent Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
He also warned them against fighting any group in the name of politics because the electioneering was over. “The governor is the leader of our state as of today.
He has conceded defeat. He is my brother and forever will remain my brother. He has contributed his quota, he has done his best like every governor that has served and we must continue to give him the necessary respect that he deserves,” he said. Fayose who said he owed his victory to “God and common man in Ekiti” called for unconditional release of those arrested before and during the election because of the political tension that engulfed the state.
He promised to rehabilitate victims of the political crises and compensate those that lost properties. Fayose added that Ekiti was not poor as being erroneously thought in some sections. He added further that as much as he would be taking useful advice from indigenes of Ekiti State in the Disapora, his government will only recognize those who make themselves available in the developmental strides. Fayose thanked the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies as well as other PDP Governorship aspirants for working to ensure his victory.