Why Gov. Oyebanji is Very Loyal to Kayode Fayemi

Nigerian State governors are not often the biggest fans of their predecessors. Whenever a scapegoat for economic stagnation is wanted, the predecessor’s name is usually thrown into the mix. But not so with Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State. For him, his predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, is one whose name must be hallowed.

Governor Oyebanji recently openly expressed his deep admiration and loyalty towards his predecessor, Dr. Fayemi, marking a strong contrast in the often tumultuous relationships between governors and their precursors.

At a recent event in Abuja celebrating the achievements of Mrs. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Governor Oyebanji described Dr. Fayemi as his lifelong mentor and “boss for life,” emphasising the profound influence and support he continues to receive from him.

During the event, Governor Oyebanji waxed merrily about Fayemi. He did not blush when he decorated the latter with fangirl precision.

Amazingly, Dr. Fayemi has also been vocal about his successor. Readers might recall how he took his time to commend Governor Oyebanji’s administration during the commissioning of the Ado-Ekiti bus terminal last year, citing visible achievements and effective governance initiatives. He stated that he was very satisfied with Oyebanji’s performance, especially how the latter continues to affirm the progress he envisioned for the state.

The seamless transition and collaborative efforts between Governor Oyebanji and Dr. Fayemi reflect a shared commitment to genuine governance and development in Ekiti.

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