It’s no secret in Nigeria that every governor wants to handpick his successor. In 2018, the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, will conclude his second term as governor and he has made no pretenses about the fact that he wants to determine who takes over after him.
On Saturday at the Udiroko festival in Ado Ekiti in which he was conferred with a traditional title, Fayose repeated his desire to choose his successor and explained the kind of successor he wants.
“I won’t give you a governor that will alienate or treat Ekiti people that I so much respect with scorn and disrespect,” he said to the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, and other guests.
“Kabiyesi, let me say this, the governor that will come here to perform and respect all the monarchs in Ekiti will be presented by the PDP for 2018 poll. We know what you stand for and what you represent. You are so important to us and we will treat you with respect.
“We won’t give you a governor that will disrespect you or that won’t be able to perform or that will reverse all we have done for you. Ado Ekiti deserves respect and the governor that will come after me will surely appreciate this and do what is expected for this town,” Fayose said.
The governor boasted that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would trounce the All Progressives Congress (APC) once again in Ekiti State, due to his grassroots appeal and goodwill.
Fayose was given the title of Apesin Apogun Pote of Ado Ekiti, while others like the governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo; his wife, Hajia Umni Dankwambo; and a member of the House of Representatives representing Remo Constituency, Mr. Ladipo Adebutu, were also honoured by the Ewi for their contributions to the upliftment of humanity.