The Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Governor Kayode Fayemi, gave reasons why his administration did not sacked the People Democratic Party, PDP Local Government, LG Chairmen, elected under his predecessor’s tenure.
Fayemi said, he had to leave them to operate because of his administration’s strict adherence to the rule of law.
He informed the public that they were elected by the people of Ekiti and as such he had to allow them to finish their tenure, though there were allegations against some of them after their probe by the House of Assembly.
Fayemi made this assertion while inaugurating the newly elected LG Chairmen and vice Chairmen of the 16 Local Government Areas that he did not sacked any of the PDP Chairmen despite the allegations against most of them.
His words: …“resolutely committed to upholding and respecting rule of law at all times,” hence the decision not to scuttle local government administration or interfere with their funds.
The governor called on the elected LG Chairmen to always make themselves available and accessible to the people in the state.
However, recalled that they Local Government Chairmen which are of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC were elected on 7th December 2019.
The newly elected Chairmen were sworn in yesterday, a week after the expiration of their predecessor’s tenure.
Fayemi stated that “As the government at the grassroots, you have to ensure that people-oriented programmes and projects are made your priorities. Whilst you should key into the state priorities, I also expect you to develop your own with your budget estimates with the support of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.
“In this regard, I enjoin you all to align with the state government policies and programmes as boldly and expressly enunciated in our 5-point agenda of governance, agriculture and rural development, social investments, knowledge economy and, infrastructure and industrial development.
He told the chairmen not to disappoint the people that elected them to the office because they are now their representatives in government and equally the ambassadors of the government in their respective constituencies and Local Government Areas.