Ekiti State Governor-Elect, Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji, on Thursday, June 23 paid a ‘thank you’ visit to the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe, following his victory at the polls in the just concluded governorship election.
Oyebanji, who led some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to the palace of the respected traditional ruler, said the purpose of the visit was to express his appreciation to the monarch and other traditional rulers, for their support and the fatherly role they played prior to the election to avert a crisis.
Specifically, Oyebanji described Oba Adejugbe as a father, who has always shown interest in his career trajectory since their first meeting in the 90s during the agitation for the creation of Ekiti State in southwest Nigeria.
The Governor-Elect described the traditional institution as an important stakeholder in Ekiti that should not be toyed with by anybody, adding that the institution would be strengthened under him.
“My visit to the palace today is to appreciate our father for his support for me over the years. At a time when most elders would have dismissed a young man like me, Oba Adejugbe embraced me with both hands and gave me the opportunity to fly. That singular opportunity equipped me very well and prepared me for the other roles I played in Ekiti.
“Beyond his position as a traditional ruler, Oba Adejugbe put all he had into the struggle for the creation of Ekiti State for us to get the expected result. Again, thank you Kabiyesi.
“Also, I want to use our father as a contact point to other traditional rulers for their stabilizing roles during the campaign to make sure the election was conducted without any crisis in our dear state. Even though there would still be other avenues to meet the traditional rulers to show appreciation, today’s meeting is necessary as a mark of honour for the traditional institution,”
Speaking further, Oyebanji assured Oba Adejugbe, the Ewi-in-council and the market women present of good governance that would transform Ekiti State.
“I appreciate all for trusting me with their votes on Saturday and I stand here today assuring Ekiti people that I will not disappoint them. I will sustain the legacy of my predecessors as well as build on it to bring further development to our dear state,”
Responding, Oba Adejugbe commended the Governor-elect for thoughtfulness and prayed that God would endow him with the wisdom and knowledge needed to succeed in office.