The former Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi, has been sworn in as the Governor of Ekiti State with outgoing governor, Ayodele Fayose, conspicuously absent as the latter battles allegations of financial impropriety levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Fayemi was sworn in at exactly 12:24 pm, shortly after his deputy, Bisi Egbeyemi, had taken his own oath of office.
Fayemi was the governor of the state between 2010 and 2014 but he lost his re-election bid to Fayose.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Fayemi won the July 2018 Ekiti State governorship elections beating his nearest challenger, Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by a margin of 19,338 votes.
In his inaugural speech, the governor said his administration will concentrate on four cardinal areas to make the difference in the life of the people.
These include agriculture and rural development, social investment, infrastructure development and entrenching knowledge economy.
He also pleaded for patience whilst thanking the people for the trust reposed in him.
He also explained all documents will be reviewed in order to ascertain the exact financial situation of the state and all the findings will be made public to the people within 100 days.
According to him, the day signalled the “end of an era and end of an error in which Ekiti passed through the wilderness in the last four years”.