Jostle for Ekiti 2022: Resist the temptation of imposing your successor, Fashola, Sen. Shettima warns gov. Fayemi

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By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, and former Borno State Governor, Senator Kashim Ibrahim Shettima have advised the Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi to resist the temptation of foisting successor.

This came as Governor Fayemi told members of his cabinet covertly jostling to succeed him to remain focus on his administration developmental agenda or resign, rather than allowing the power struggle to derail his action plans.

They urged Fayemi to rather allow the system to produce his successor in the best interest of the state, stressing that imposition always breeds rancour and consequently take tolls on governance.

The duo spoke in Ado Ekiti, the state capital on Thursday, during a high level retreat 2020 organise by Governor Fayemi, with the theme: ‘Finishing well and sustaining progressive leadership in Ekiti State’.

Delivering his speech on “Finishing well, winning against all odds”, Fashola called on the governor to build stewardships in the minds of the populace for the ruling All Progressive Congress to sustain its leadership in Ekiti.

He noted that Fayemi and his team must channel their energy on the kernel of the five pillars of his administration to earn the respect of the people, saying “when citizens are made the cornerstone of policies and actions such government will enjoy widespread acceptability.

“Nothing can be more successful than self-measurement. I urge all of you to keep the world finishing well in minds. You all agreed on a goal, but the question to ask is that can we finish well? We must ask ourselves especially those having political ambitions who may want to place personal ambitions over collective gains.

“What does success mean? If the five pillar policy thrust is well achieved, then there is success. keep your focus on the agenda of government. Remember that finishing well would mean that you remember that this government is a product of APC, which believes in propagation of ideals of progressivism, which means continuous improvement of human conditions.

“This is a step towards finishing well. And when you finish well, you will see the credibility of your government with the people and this make it compulsory that we must stay connected to the people .