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Ekiti Governor-elect extends ‘olive branch’

The Ekiti State Governor-elect, Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji has extended the hand of fellowship to his rivals in Saturday’s election win “in the interest of peace”.

Mr Oyebanji extended the olive branch in Ikogosi Ekiti while reacting to his victory.

He promised to reach out to candidates from other parties who lost at the exercise in order, he said, “to move the state forward”.

The governor-elect also pledged to set up a transition committee and ensure a seamless transition, so as to hit the ground running on assumption of office in October this year.

Key legacy projects

Mr Oyebanji said the APC and incumbent governor Kayode Fayemi would be working in the coming days and weeks towards finishing and completing key legacy projects in the state.

While attesting to the peaceful nature of the election, nevertheless, commiserated with families of those who died in pockets of pre-election violence, and called for a thorough investigation into the disturbances for justice to be served.

He thanked the incumbent governor Dr Kayode Fayemi, party executives, the electorate, and his family for the support which produced the victory at the poll, promising not to betray the trust they reposed in him.

Closed-door meeting

Governor Fayemi was accompanied on a courtesy visit to his elected successor by two governors, Atiku Bagudu of kebbi and  Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa states, as well as Minister of Trade, Industries, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo

.They held a closed-door meeting wherein Mr Oyebanji was presented with the original election result.

Reporting by Tope Omobepade; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor