As the people of Ado-Ekiti marked the beginning of a new year by celebrating the annual Udiroko Festival, the various developmental efforts of the state government under Governor Ayodele Fayose have been acknowledged as steps in the right direction.
Speaking on the occasion on Tuesday, at the palace of Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe Aladesanmi 111, the President-General of Ado Progressive Union (APU), Chief Obafemi Ojo, said though the APU, the umbrella body of all associations in Ado-Ekiti, is non-partisan, there was no way the union would not commend Fayose for the various projects being executed in the town.
Ojo, who is also the Bobajiro of Ado-Ekiti, described Fayose as an extraordinary person.
“Maybe, it is necessary to state that the Ado Progressive Union (APU), is non-partisan. I am neither APC nor PDP. The truth is, this governor is not an ordinary person. In our culture, he can be described as ‘Akanda eniyan’ (extraordinary person). It is not common for a person to be elected as a governor a second time. He is a performer by every standard.
“We, Ado sons and daughters, are appreciative of your various achievements in Ekiti and Ado-Ekiti in particular. Your name will be from generation to generation on the amphitheatre in Ewi’s palace, we hereby say thank you for your contributions to Udiroko 2015 and 2016,” he said.
Speaking in the same manner, Oba Adejugbe said Governor Fayose was, indeed, God-sent to Ado and Ekiti State in general.
“I am indeed very grateful to the government of Ekiti State led by Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, a pragmatic, committed beacon of excellence and a hardworking governor for the massive road construction work and other infrastructural projects being undertaken in Ado metroplolis such as Onala/Tinuola Road, De-Head (Bawa Estate)-Adetiloye Road, Awedele-Secreatiat Road dualisation, Adunni Olayinka Women Development Centre, Oja-Oba Erekesan ultra-modern market which is under construction, and the flyover under construction, just to mention a few, all within 18 months of assumption of office.
“The ongoing flyover project deserves commendation. It is highly commendable that the government has equally extended its developmental programmes to other parts of the state. It is my fervent prayer that Almighty God will give His Excellency the enablement to complete all the laudable projects he has embarked upon for the overall development of Ekiti State.
“I’m using this medium to sincerely thank the governor for the completion of this royal gallery (amphitheatre) of Ewi’s palace. The community was getting fed up with the slow pace of the project when he wonderfully came to our rescue. Ado-Ekiti shall ever remain grateful to you,” the Ewi said.
The Chairman of Ado Local Government Area, Mr Deji Ogunsakin, stated that the people of the town would not forget Fayose’s contributions to the development of their community.
“Ado people are behind you. You have performed well. You have stabilised the political arena and made life conducive for us all, including our royal father. You have achieved a lot despite the poor finances of the state and the huge debt profile you inherited from the previous administration. I thank you on behalf of Ado people,” the local government boss said.