Ekiti State was on Wednesday in anticipation mood and the capital city, Ado-Ekiti was agog as preparations for the inauguration of Ayodele Peter Fayose as the new governor of state gathered momemtum.
The streets of Ado-Ekiti seems peaceful, the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Fayose Campaign headquarters in the Government Reservation Area, and the supporters of the governor-elect were seen readying themselves ahead of the ceremony.
Mr Ayo Fayose visited the stadium where the inauguration will take place with security men to inspect the level of preparation for the occasion that will be graced by either President Jonathan or his vice.
Dignitaries from all walks of life are trooping into the capital city for the success of today’s inauguration ceremony.
Already, all the guest houses and hotels in the town were already booked, while arrangements for the entertainment of guests were in top gear.
The governor-elect was said to have assured all the groups and associations, public servants and the party supporters of adequate care and entertainment.
The Deputy Chairman of PDP Transition Committee, Mr Owoseni Ajayi, told newsmen in Ado Ekiti yesterday, that the CJ had sent the Chief Registrar of the state High Court , Mr Obafemi Fasanmi, to conduct the rehearsal on how today’s inauguration ceremony will go
However, It was not clear as of 7pm on Wednesday if outgoing Governor Kayode Fayemi would attend the ceremony that will be conducted by the state Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola
The Governor-elect, in an interview with journalists, lamented that the transition team raised by Fayemi did not cooperate with his inauguration team.
Alleging that the Fayemi administration was leaving an empty treasury, he appealed to workers in the state to call off their strike as a mark of honour for him.
Fayose said, “I don’t want to join issues with anybody. I only believe that a chapter has come and gone. A new chapter will be opened tomorrow (today).
“The outgoing government has refused to cooperate with us in terms of inauguration and my findings have confirmed that no government account has up to N1m.
“The Head of Service has been here and some permanent secretaries and I asked them. No government account presently in Ekiti has a minimum of N1m
“It’s unfortunate that this is happening but we were voted into power to find solutions to the problem and as soon as we take over the government, we shall find solution to it.”
When asked whether he will probe the former administration,
He said, “On the issue of probe, I won’t talk about it now until we take over the government officially. We can’t talk about it until I assume office. I have not taken the handing over note. So until then, I don’t want to join issues with anybody.”
Asked if he would move into the Government House on Thursday (today), he replied, “Entering Government House is not an issue. Anywhere I am is a government house immediately I take over. I can be here and act as a governor. But events from tomorrow (today) will give us a direction.”