The All Progressives Congress (APC) in the southwest congratulated the governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, for his victory in Wednesday’s race for the presidency of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum held in Abuja, in the Capital Territory Federal.
Fayemi was the winner of a competition to lead the nation’s 36 governors’ forum over the next four years.
A statement signed by APC Zonal Publicity Secretary, Hon Karounwi Oladapo in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, said: “Governor Fayemi’s victory in the contest for this sensitive position is an acknowledgement of his brilliance, respect for his leadership qualities and capacity as a man with a clear vision for a greater Nigeria.
“It is also an acknowledgement of the mass appeal and acceptance he enjoys among his colleagues across party lines.”
Moreover, Fayemi has gone to deploy his energy as President of the Forum to advance the development of the nation.
An APC head in Ekiti condition, Dr. Olusegun Osinkolu, congratulating Fayemi warned that Fayemi should use the very influential to fight on the side of the status of Nigerians, ensuring that there is fairness and justice in the distribution of the country’s wealth.
Fayemi was elected on Wednesday night to oversee the affairs of the forum for the next four years by the 36 state governors to succeed the outgoing governor of Zamfara, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari.
In his message to Fayemi on Thursday, after his ascent to the influential and exalted seat, Osinkolu praised the good people of Ekiti State and Southwest, describing the enterprise as a record event that will reform the country’s politics.
The former general manager, Buuri / Osinbajo Council campaign in Ekiti in the last presidential election, urged Fayemi to highlight his administrative genius and his cunning and politics in order to ensure the intelligence that Nigerians feel positive impact of new position
“I want to congratulate Dr. Fayemi for reshaping the politics of our dear state with this new position. The image of Ekiti State had again been launched to higher pedestal with this new status, being the first time a governor from our state and region will occupy this position.
“We appeal to him to lead a cohesive forum and work hard to ward off enemies from returning the forum to old days when it was divided along party and personal interest lines occasioned by high wired political pursuits.
“I am confident that Governor Fayemi will surpass his predecessor, Alhaji Yari, who deployed the position to negotiate for the disbursement of Paris club refunds and other intervention funds to States while in crises over the payment of salaries . Posterity will continue to remember Zamfara Governor in this regard.
” Bearing this in mind, Governor Fayemi must be a vociferous voice against injustice in the land. He must place high premium on the benefit accruing to Nigerians rather than personal political pursuit for history to be fair to him.
“He should also be circumspect of the fact that those profiting from the deeply entrenched lopsidedness in our nation always loved to weaken the forum and throws it into crisis.
“Our dear governor must be conscious of this and prepare had to ensure a more cohesive body that can deliver democracy dividends to the Nigerian citizens.”