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Fayose sworn in, says first few months will be rough

The Chief Judge Ayo Daramola administered the oaths to them at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti.Fayose first ruled the state between October 2003…

The Chief Judge Ayo Daramola administered the oaths to them at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti.
Fayose first ruled the state between October 2003 and 2006.
In his acceptance speech, Fayose said his administration would continue with his people-oriented programmes started in 2003 during his first term in office which was terminated in October 2006 when he was impeached by the state House of Assembly.
He said he inherited an empty treasury, and therefore the first few months of his regime would be “rough”.
Fayose pledged that his administration would replace poverty and want with plenty and prosperity through five cardinal programmes which include empowerment, agriculture development, infrastructure development, education, science and technology, health, security and a strong public service.
Fayose decried the alleged politicisation of the civil service by past administrations and vowed to review all public service personnel issues including appointments, promotions and discipline which he said were hurriedly effected after the governorship election of June 21 2014 by the former governor.
“The Head of Service is hereby directed to return all officers to their substantive positions as at June 21, 2014. A review panel will be constituted immediately to advise government on the merit of each issue as may be appropriate,” he said.
He recalled that he left over N10bn in the state coffers in October 2006, and expressed regret that it was depleted by the succeeding emergency government.
“All the governments that forced themselves on the good people of Ekiti State since I left office in 2006, including the outgoing cloned democrats, served every interest other than that of the ordinary Ekiti people,” he said.
He also expressed regret that the state had been plunged into a heavy debt burden of over N57.45bn by the immediate past administration. The governor also indicated the possibility of dissolving the 19 newly created local council development areas created by the former governor.
Supporters, groups and different unions were dressed in different attires bearing Fayose and his deputy’s portraits. PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, urged members of the state Assembly to move over to the PDP, saying the party would take “very good” care of them. Mu’azu, who described Fayose’s new office as “herculean task” said he was optimistic that God would come to his aid.
“The people of Ekiti State have spoken, we thank you God. He needs your support and prayers and collaboration to deliver very good dividends of democracy,” Mu’azu said.
Dignitaries at the ceremony included PDP national executive members led by the national chairman Ahmadu Muazu, Governors Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Mukhtar Yero (Kaduna), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Theodore Orji (Abia), and former Anambra governor Peter Obi.
Also in attendance were former Oyo governor Adebayo Alao Alaka, Minister of State for Defence Musiliu Obanikoro, Prof Tunde Adeniran, Senator Teslim Folarin, Amb Jolaade Onipede, traditional and religious leaders.
At the swearing-in ceremony, six state House of Assembly members defected to the PDP. They are Olowo Ajiboye (Oye Two) Adeloye Adeyinka  (Ikole One) Abeni Olayinka (Ado Two) Fatunbi Olajide  (Moba Two) Olugbemi Joseph (Ikole One) and Adeojo Felix Ayodele (Ekiti South-west Two). With the defection, the PDP now has seven members in the 26- member Assembly.

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