From Priscilla Ediare, Ado-Ekiti
The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, the Most Reverend Felix Ajakaye, has advocated for competence as the best criterion to be considered in determining who succeeds the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in the 2022 governorship election and President Mohammadu Buhari in the 2023 general election in the country.
He urged the people of the State and Nigerians to vote the right candidates into leadership positions and not to mortgage their future and that of their children through vote buying.
The Bishop called on Governor Kayode Fayemi to do everything possible to protect the new roads that have just been constructed and inaugurated in the state from being destroyed by influx of trailers and luxurious buses.
He lamented that the recent influx of articulated vehicles and luxurious buses was already taking its toll on the new roads which are gradually being destroyed, charging the Governor to put barriers on the newly constructed state roads to prevent further damages by reckless drivers of trailers and luxurious buses.
The Cleric gave the charge on Sunday, in Ado-Ekiti, while speaking at the Thanksgiving Service to mark the third anniversary of Governor Fayemi in office.
The lesson of the Thanksgiving Service was taken from Isaiah Chapter 53 Verses 10 and 11 and was read by Governor Fayemi.
Bishop Ajakaye also urged interest groups including Ekiti Council of Elders, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Justice, Peace and Development Initiative (JPDI) to be actively involved in the process that will lead to emergence of the next Governor.
He said: “We need competent people in leadership positions. On the 2022 governorship election in Ekiti and 2023 election in Nigeria, let us stop vote selling and vote buying. People should stop it for the sake of their future and the future of their children.
“Vote selling has become a big business and after you have taken money to vote them in, you will be complaining of hardship. Ahead of the Ekiti governorship election, Ekiti Council of Elders, JDPI, NUJ must be actively involved to ensure that the best emerges.
“If any of the governorship candidates fails to show up at the debate, he must be blacklisted.”
The Bishop added: “I pity you Your Excellency on the state of roads in Ekiti State and this has been through the influx of trucks and luxury buses. These roads are not inter-state roads but inter-town roads; lots of damages have been done on them already.
“Ilupeju-Ire-Ijan Road, I passed through the road recently, it has been destroyed; Agbado-Ode-Isinbode Road too has been destroyed and many of our roads have been damaged by the influx of trailers and luxurious buses and many of those drivers don’t know our terrain well.
“I want to suggest that we put barriers on our roads to avoid monumental damage on our roads. I fear for the new Ado-Iyin Road if we don’t do what we suppose to do.”
The Cleric charged President Muhammadu Buhari to look inwards and fish out alleged saboteurs working against the security agenda of his administration especially the fight against insurgency and also advocated for quality incentives for soldiers on the front line.
He urged the President to unveil those behind the spate of violence, killings and kidnappings in the country and ensure they face the full wrath of the law.
In his remarks at the service, Governor Fayemi who appreciated the people of the state for their support in the last three years, said much still needed to be done for “Ekiti of our dream to become a reality.”
Fayemi said: “I am a product of grace, because we human beings delude ourselves often when we think it’s our talent, our merit, our capacity and our competence that has given us the place where we are. Whatever we are is unmerited because there are thousands of others who are better than us but don’t have the grace to be there.
“That is why it is important for us to come for this thanksgiving mass. The challenges are there and what the Bible says is that not that we will not have challenges but they will not overcome us.
“The work is not yet done but we will continue to do our best the way our pathfinder, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo left with his head held high, former Governor Ayo Fayose did his best for our state. Ekiti of our dream will become a reality if we all keep building on it without subtracting from it.
“We are here to sacrifice. Leadership is not office, it’s not title, leadership is service, leadership is sacrifice and may God give us the grace to be of service to our people.”
The service was attended by two former Governors, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo and  Chief Ayodele Fayose.
Others are : Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi; First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; former Deputy Governors, Chief Abiodun Aluko and Prof. Modupe Adelabu; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye; National and State Assembly members and traditional rulers.

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