Ado-Ekiti,the Ekiti State capital, wasagog on Wednesday as preparations for the inauguration of Ayodele Peter Fayose as the new governor of state gathered momemtum.
At the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Fayose Campaign headquarters in the Government Reservation Area, and the streets of Ado-Ekiti, the supporters of the governor-elect were seen readying themselves ahead of the ceremony.
Our correspondent also noted that a well-
decorated stage had been created at the
centre of the stadium. The stage faces the
equally well-decorated state box.
Fayose visited the stadium in company
with security agency chiefs to inspect the
extent of preparation for the ceremony
which will be graced by either President
Goodluck Jonathan or Vice-President
Namadi Sambo and the national
leadership of Peoples Democratic Party.
It was not clear as of 7pm on Wednesday
if outgoing Governor Kayode Fayemi
would attend the ceremony that will be
conducted by the state Chief Judge,
Justice Ayodeji Daramola.
A rehearsal for the inauguration with the
Chief Registrar of the Ekiti State High
Court, Obafemi Fasanmi, also took place
in the city whose hotels and guest houses
had been fully booked.
Artisans, okada riders, market men and
women as well as commercial motorists
and motorcyclists were seen buying
different colours of uniforms at the
Fayose campaign headquarters for the
The governor-elect, it was gathered, had
distributed cows and money to various
groups in the state to enable them to
celebrate his second coming as the state
As of 4pm on Wednesday, the
Government House was solemn as The
PUNCH learnt that Fayemi, his family
members and aides moved out their
personal belongings around noon.
Fayemi, who lifted the curfew he imposed
on the state following an outbreak of
violence, was said to have left for his
Isan-Ekiti home town in the Oye Local
Government Area of the state.
Fayose had in a live television interview
on Tuesday said he had invited all the
clerics in the state to join him in cleansing
the Government House.
He said, “I am expecting all pastors; they
would first be at the new State House to
carry out a thorough spiritual cleansing
before we enter the building on Thursday
(today) after the inauguration.
“ Even if they are up to 1, 000, they should
all come for the spiritual cleansing before
we enter the building. But any pastor who
isn’t sure of his calling shouldn’t come.”
Heavy presence of security personnel
was visible on major streets of the city
and the stadium’s entrance.
The operatives were drawn from the
Nigeria Army, Nigerian Police Force,
Nigeria Prison Service, Nigeria Security
and Civil Defence Corps and the
Department of State Service.
The Ekiti Police Public Relations Officer,
Victor Babayemi, in a statement said the
Command had put in place adequate and
comprehensive security measures to
prevent breach of law and order.
He said, “The Commissioner of Police,
Taiwo Lakanu , has ordered the
deployment of adequate manpower and
equipment to police all the events.
“Bomb Disposal Units, Counter-Terrorist
Units, Police Mobile Force and Swift
Response Squad in addition to
conventional and plain- clothes detectives
have been strategically positioned to
ensure an eventful and crisis-free
“The police personnel have been
mandated to embark on thorough stop
and search of persons and vehicles to
prevent troublemakers from infiltrating
Lakanu, according to him, appealed “to
the good people of the state to support
and cooperate with law enforcement
agencies to ensure a hitch-free
But in spite of the lifting of the curfew by
Fayemi, the National Youth Service Corps
in the state on Wednesday discharged
members who were initially scheduled to
end their mandatory national service on
It was gathered that the decision was
informed by what the NYSC management
considered as rising tension in the state.
The Governor-elect, in an interview with
journalists, lamented that the transition
team raised by Fayemi did not cooperate
with his inauguration team.
Alleging that the Fayemi administration
was leaving an empty treasury, he
appealed to workers in the state to call
off their strike as a mark of honour for
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