The All Progressives Congress, APC candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi yesterday bid final farewell to his former colleagues in the Federal Executive Council, FEC, during a valedictory session where he was praised for his services to the country.
Dr. Fayemi had tendered his resignation as a minister last week according to the constitutional provisions that any political office holder contesting for any position should resign from office at least 30 days before the election. President Muhammadu Buhari who presided over the FEC valedictory session described Fayemi as a man of sound intellect whose contributions helped the administration achieve progress, especially in the solid minerals sector.
The President again canvassed for voter education so that people would get the Permanent Voters Card to elect candidates of their choice at all levels. He said the people’s wish should be respected and that the people should be allowed to vote candidates of their choice across parties. Buhari restated that technology contributed in the success of elections in the country especially with the introduction of the PVC and Card Reader which according to him made it possible for him to win election after three unsuccessful attempts. He said he would have been rigged out of the 2015 presidential election but for PVC and Card Reader.
One minister from the each of the six geo-political zones spoke on behalf of their colleagues with all saying that a national loss was Ekiti’s gain as they said that Fayemi was on a rescue mission to liberate the state from the People’s Democratic Party.
Ogbonaya Onu, minister of Science and Technology spoke for the south East zone, Abdulrahman Damzabau, minister of Interior spoke for the Northwest zone, Senator Aisha Al-Hassan, minister of Women Affairs spoke for the Northeast zone, Kemi Adeosun, minister of Finance spoke for southwest, Bawa Buhari, Minister of State Mines and Steel Development, spoke for North Central, Rotimi Amaechi, minister of Transportation spoke for the South South zone and Adamu Adamu, minister of Education, who urged cabinet members to rally round Fayemi and ensure he wins the election.
In his remarks, Fayemi, jokingly said that he would have to learn how to dodge bullets noting that winning the Ekiti state governorship would not be a national loss as it will serve the country better. He thanked the president for giving him the opportunity to serve and his colleagues, for their support and love.