Fayemi’s concession of defeat is mere propaganda – Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr Ayo Fayose, today in Abuja, said the concession of incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi to defeat was a mere propaganda.

Fayose said that although Fayemi at the weekend conceded publicly and congratulated him, the governor had refused to pick calls from him since then.

The incoming governor also said he, unlike his predecessor, would not fill his government with only technorats or professors.

Fayose during the ceremony for the collection of his Certificate of Return said local people and not academics would be looked for to run his government.

He said, “The governor said he was conceding to defeat. Let me be realistic with you, there is a difference between propaganda and reality.

“I have been calling the governor since after our meeting but he hasn’t picked the call.

“If you read all papers now, he said he will create local governments before he leaves; how do you reconcile these things?

“I am not a propagandist, I am a realist. The governor says he will do employment before he leaves that means you want to create problems for the incoming government.

“So I see that concession, as good as it may be, we must all be realistic about it, we must not deceive the Nigerian populace.

“Their party said they are still studying the ink used by INEC; it is the governor that conceded not our party.”

Fayose recalled that in 2003, his predecessor, Mr Niyi Adebayo, also conceded defeat but went ahead to conduct a mass recruitment though he had only six months remaining in his tenure.

He said, “I respect the governor; he is our leader, up until the 15th of October, he remains our leader but I want to appeal to APC not to play propaganda with sensitive issues like this.

“If the governor says I am not going, his party too must make pronouncements otherwise I do not mind them going to court.

“The court will ask you: ‘it is usually the incumbent that rigs, why would somebody who is not an incumbent now rig and defeat you in your ward’?”

He said that none of the APC Senators or House of Representative members, including former governor, Mr Segun Oni, won in their polling booths, not even former Governor Segun Oni.

Fayose said though he would run an inclusive government he would only work with those who were willing to work with him.

He said, “With due respect, I know APC more than you, I will not shoot myself in the leg before I start so I will rather let us leave it as it is.

“It is our government but we will make sure they have their say; minority will have their say, majority will have their way. We will make sure that there is an environment for them to operate as credible opposition to government.

The governor elect who praised the Independent National Electoral Commission for what the fair and free nature of the election added that any professor or technocrat who desires to work in his government must come and play in the local politics with the people.

He said all positions will be filled by the local people saying no professor, or technocrats would be sought for by his government.

He said election has come and gone adding that Ekiti people will forever remember INEC in this state for allowing Ekiti people to make their choice.

He said he read the release by the Americans that the election of June 21 election was free and fair.

Fayose said “We should advise some people who should know better that they should leave the people with their choice.”

Author: News Editor

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