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Fayemiís Supreme Court victory: A triumph for the peopleís wish


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IMAGE: A jubilant Fayemi thanking the people after the verdict »

For the people of Ekiti State, it has been a long journey. After the absurdity of a long, seemingly unending litigation saga, Ekiti people in the opinion of Ifedayo Sayo, a public affairs analyst, are now heaving a sigh of relief. Below, Sayo interprets their reaction to the end of the prolonged judicial battle over who won the 2007 governorship election in the state…

The recent Supreme Court verdict which upheld the victory of Dr. Kayode Fayemi in the 2007 governorship election in Ekiti State was no doubt significant to the people of the state. It is significant in the sense that the people of the state can now have their well deserved rest from the tension that has accompanied the five year struggle for the number one seat in the governance of the state. Beyond this, the judicial pronouncement is equally significant for the governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi who, despite the distraction the judicial battle constituted to his two and half years administration, has made a lasting impression on the people through the  widely acknowledged feat he has achieved in the governance of the state.

Apparently to show the whole world that they were  tired of the prolonged  judicial battle, they came out in their large numbers to celebrate the judgment which went in favour of Fayemi. The people had been seated on the edge when the Court of Appeal, which has the final say over the governorship election, ruled in favour of Fayemi and ex-governor Segun Oni who was thrown out of the government house, started another battle to reclaim the governorship seat.

It was a thing of joy to the people when the Supreme Court ruled that what the former governor lost through the front door, it couldn’t  get back through the back door by asking the court to violate the constitution of the nation. The ruling of the Supreme Court followed that of the Court of Appeal which had earlier thrown out Oni”s case as lacking merit.

The celebration of the judgment no doubt underscores the fact that the people of the state are at peace with their governor who has put their problems on the front burner in the governance of the state in the last two and half years.

That the state capital was brought to a standstill by the huge turn out of the people to the streets did not surprise many. The people have been praying silently in their closets that the distraction brought about by the case be terminated and God answered them through the judgment. From Iyin road end of the state capital to Ikere road, traffic was brought to a standstill as people took over the roads in celebration. The celebration continued on Saturday when the governor who was outside the state arrived the state capital. He was met at Akure Airport by senior government officials and party leaders who traveled in a long convoy of vehicles to usher him into the state capital Armed with the symbol of his party, CAN, the governor waved endlessly to the people thanking them for their support. He noted that despite the blackmail and the unfounded rumour orchestrated by the opposition, he had refused to be distracted. He remarked that the befitting looks of the state capital pointed to the fact that he has been working for the good of the people. This is in addition to the massive road construction, employment generation, transformation of Ikogosi to a world class tourist centre, the social security for the elderly, and massive renovation of public schools among others. He vowed not to relent in his efforts at eradicating poverty in the state and urged the  people to continue to support his administration.

In his broadcast to the people, Fayemi who apparently was overwhelmed by the outpouring of encomiums said “we have worked assiduously to ensure a clinical implementation of our Road Map to recovery- the 8 point agenda. Our success so far is evident in all the projects we have either delivered, that are still ongoing or even the ones at the stage of conception.

“Inspite of the long drawn legal tussle, we were for once distracted in our avowed commitment to make a permanent dent on poverty. In doing this, it has not been smooth sailing and all rosy but I am very happy today that the gains of those tough decision are beginning to manifest across the State.“

Explaining why the people chose to celebrate their governor over the court verdict, the Chairman of the state chapter of the Conference of  Nigeria Political Parties, Prince Tunji Ogunlola said Fayemi has been able to put smiles on the faces of the people in the last two years. He pointed out that through his road construction, there is hardly any local government where good and quality road has not been constructed in the last two years.

He explained that over ten thousand youths have been taken off  the road through the Volunteer Corps, and  establishment of Ekiti State road management Agency while  the the Youth in Commercial Agriculture programme has empowered hundreds of youth to take to farming to solve the twin problem of shortage of food and unemployment.

Ogunlola said  CNPP is supporting the  Governor because of what he has achieved in the two years adding that politics  should be left for election time so that the people can get the best of a visionary leader like Fayemi. He described the court case instituted by the ex-governor as a sheer waste of time and resources stressing that if Oni is truly interested in the governance of the state, he should cooperate with fayemi to move the state forward.

Speaking in the same vein, former governor of the state, Otunba Niyi Adebayo who commended the justices of the Supreme Court for the judgment, said Fayemi has performed very well and should be supported to achieve more. He noted that the court case though, a distraction has reaffirmed that Fayemi won the 2007 governorship election and nothing could be removed from this. He added that the governor for now is the best thing to have happened to the state  for which the people are celebrating.  Adebayo said the only way forward is for the people to continue to support the governor to achieve more. The former governor who has declared his support for the second term ambition of Fayemi said he was convinced that with the achievements recorded by the governor, he should be allowed to continue for the next four years.  Another supporter of the governor, Mr Taiwo Olawuyi,  said renovation of public school buildings and the distribution of free computer to pupils in senior secondary schools have suddenly made public schools attractive to parents unlike in the past.

He explained that within a short period, the result of the governor’s intervention in the secondary education would manifest in the state’s performance in public examinations. He pointed out that only a man of vision can do what the governor has done in the education sector. Olawuyi spoke in glowing terms about the Social Security Scheme for the Elderly through which indigent elders receive N5, 000 monthly, saying no state government has done that in the country. He said the stipend has helped to increase the life span of senior citizens in the state. According to him, many of the elderly citizens who lived in abject poverty can now look forward to better condition of living noting that a visit to the payment centers across the state affirmed the fact that Fayemi administration is the best thing to have happened to the senior citizens of the state in the last two years. All said and done, there is no denying the fact that theSupreme Court verdict  has given the people and the state government a new lease of life given the peace that pervades the whole state since the judgment was given.

Article Credit: Daily Independent Newspaper

Updated 5 Years ago
 

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