Fayemi while speaking on Friday declared that he never regarded the defeated governorship candidate, Kolapo Olusola-Eleka as an enemy, but rather he said the major opposition party was free to challenge his victory at any stage of the court.
The state governor said that the candidate of the major opposition party is also free to make useful suggestions for the smooth running of his government.
Naija News reports that the governor made this known while speaking in Ado Ekiti on Friday at a programme tagged “Meet Your Governor”.
Fayemi said that despite the petition that Eleka had filled against his victory in the July 14, 2018 poll, he had never perceived Eleka as an arch enemy in spite of the petition.
“I have never seen Prof Olusola Eleka as an enemy, but I have been seeing him as a co-contestant, so we won’t shy from approaching him to seek his advice on any issue we feel he could be of help for smooth running of our government.
”But this should not be misinterpreted to mean that we are trying to prevent him from seeking justice up to the supreme court; he is free to challenge us.
“The Appeal Court, on Thursday delivered its judgment, declaring that PDP has no evidence of rigging against us, so we are not afraid of being challenged,” he said.
While reacting to the allegations suggesting that the federal might and money were deployed to muzzle the opposition in the just concluded presidential, National and state assembly elections, which APC won wholesomely in the state, Fayemi denied the allegation and re-emphasised that he is committed to the re-establishment of the abolished Local Council Development Areas, the policy he initiated during his first term.
”If you look at the outcome of the results, there was no local government where opposition did not score at least 30 percent in all the 16 local government areas
“So, the conduct had been adjudged free, fair and the outcome was credible going by what INEC said,” he said.
The governor added that his government would promote technical education to counter the rising unemployment rate in the state which he expressed optimism that it would possibly reduce the rate of unemployment nation-wide.
”We feel that skill acquisition is good in view of what we are experiencing in the labour market
”We must be able to convert our love in education to wealth and that is what we are out to do.
”We are also creating knowledge zone to make Ekiti a destination when it comes to knowledge and skills. About 117kms of roads will be constructed to link all the towns within that zone together.
“They call it knowledge Park in advanced nations and we are studying how we can pattern our own model after any of the countries that are already practising the policy.”