By Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti
Taraba State Governor, Mr. Darius Ishaku, yesterday said Governor Ayodele Fayose was instrumental to the judicial victory he recorded at the Supreme Court after losing in a dramatic manner at the Appellate Court.
In the same vein, his counterparts from Akwa Ibom and Abia states , Hon Emanuel Udom and Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, respectively, disclosed that Fayose had been a pillar of support to their administrations, disclosing that the governor played similar role for them during their travails at the Election Petition Tribunal.
The governors said this in Ado Ekiti while attending the commissioning of some projects executed by the administration of Governor Fayose.
Aside from the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, governors who graced the ceremony include, Governors Ishaku of Taraba , Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo, David Umahi of Ebonyin, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Nyesom Wike of Rivers ,Ibrahim Dankwabo of Gombe
Ishaku, while speaking at a thanksgiving ceremony organised in honour of his judicial victory in Ado Ekiti, said Fayose’s spiritual counseling made him escape the hammer at the apex court.
“After losing at the Appeal Court, I was in Jerusalem with Governor Fayose and at a time I became burdened and I told him (Fayose) that I am prepared to go back to my state. But he advised me to stay back and put all my supplications before God and that I did.
“I then promised that if I should win the Supreme Court verdict that I am going to do my thanksgiving in Ado Ekiti and that I’m doing today. He told me that God will make way for me and this advice actually subdued my worries and today I am celebrating .
“That was why I am committed to wiping away tears in the eyes of my people in Taraba . As I speak with you many communities in Taraba had not witnessed development since its creation. It marvels me when my wife told me that she went to a community, very remote one and a woman of over 100 years proclaimed that she had not seen a car in her lifetime”.
Speaking on Fayose’s virtues, Ishaku showered encomiums on the governor for his forthrightness, doggedness and bravery, saying these have helped in shaping his political career”, he said.
Ikpeazu , who also escaped the Supreme Court hammer the same way with governor Ishaku relayed how Fayose stood by him for him to stay afloat and triumph in his judicial triumph.
Udom , who branded Fayose as a dependable pillar of support in the PDP, said the present crop of governors across party lines must rise above partisanship and strive hard to make Nigeria great in all respects.
“The present crops of governors in the country are committed people who are ready to take Nigeria to the next level”, he said.
Fayose, who attributed his contributions to God’s guidance and powers, urged the victors to continue to serve the people and always seek the face of God in all their dealings.
The governor added that virtually all his predictions about some happenings in the country have come to fruition , saying this underscored the grace of God over his life.
“Having triumphed over the forces of darkness, I want you to rededicate yourself to the service of God. You must see God as your pillar and be ready to render selfless service to the people”, Fayose counseled.
Among the projects commissioned were : Funmilayo Olayinka Women Development centre, built in honour of the late deputy governor, 2000 – capacity amphi theatre built within the precinct of Ewi of Ado Ekiti palace, Awedele dualisation project, De-Head-Police headquarters road, Petim road in Adebayo