Victor Akinkuolie Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has identified what he called transparency in the process of selecting new traditional rulers as one of the reasons why peace is reigning in communities in the state.
The Governor represented by his Deputy, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, said this when he received the new Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti, Oba Adeola Adeniyi Ajakaye, in his office on Tuesday.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, Oba Ajakaye who was accompanied by his wife, Olori Oluwatoyin, led his chiefs on a thank-you visit for the peaceful selection and enthronement process.
While congratulating the monarch on his ascension to the throne of his forefathers the Governor urged him not to deviate from the truth and allow fairness equity and justice to be his guiding principles in the discharge of his royal duties.
Fayemi promised that his administration would always ensure that the process of nomination, selection and enthronement of Obas in the state follow due process, free, fair and credible to ensure that peace reigns in the communities after new kings might have been installed.
The Governor commanded the Iyin Ekiti kingmakers for their cooperation and steadfastness throughout the selection process noting that they voted according to their conscience and were not subjected to undue interference from any quarter.
The Governor disclosed that his administration embarked on the construction of the new Ado-Iyin dual carriageway to boost economic activities and open up more communities along the route.
Speaking earlier, the Oluyin, Oba Ajakaye, hailed the Fayemi administration for its diligence, thoroughness and adherence to due process and best practices in the process that led to his emergence as monarch in a keenly contested race.