Ekiti State governor-elect, Mr Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji, on Wednesday paid a courtesy visit to the Lagos residence of former governor of the state, Mr Ayodele Fayose.
According to governor-elect’s media aide, Mr. Raheem Akingbolu, the visit was sequel to the congratulatory messages sent to Oyebanji by the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the June 18 election, Chief Bisi Kolawole, Ekiti State chapter of PDP and Ex-Governor Fayose respectively, hailing the outcome of the election, won by the APC candidate.
Oyebanji was quoted as saying that the visit was to extend courtesies to Fayose as a former governor of the state, who, according to him demonstrated statesmanship by congratulating him shortly after he was declared winner of the June 18 election.
Former Governor Fayose, while receiving the Governor-elect, urged him to be magnanimous in victory and see himself as the Governor of Ekiti State and leader of the people and not just Governor of APC members alone.
He promised to support Oyebanji’s administration in whatever area his support would be needed, adding that the development of Ekiti State was a collective effort.
It is recalled that Oyebanji had earlier gone on a thank you visit to the Governor of the State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in Ado-Ekiti, a day after the incumbent governor led two other APC governors to visit him at his Ikogosi Ekiti country home.
The governor-elect has also visited the first civilian governor of the state, currently Minister of Investments, Trade and Industry, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, at his Iyin-Ekiti country home earlier in the week.
He had earlier visited Chief Deji Fasuan, the nonagenarian elder statesman who chaired the committee for the creation of Ekiti State, under whom he served as Secretary (to the committee) as well as the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe.