The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has directed that the new Government House, Oke Ayaba, in Ado Ekiti be named after the former Governor of the Old Western Region, the late Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo (retd.)
The governor has also threatened to prosecute husbands who beat their wives, saying the state would not condone violence against women.
Fayose stated this at a meeting with beneficiaries of the state’s N5,000 social welfare scheme at the Government House in Ado Ekiti on Monday.
Urging the people to troop out to attend the state burial of Adebayo on Friday, Fayose said, “I have also directed that the new Government House and the General Hospital in Iyin Ekiti be named after him. This is not politics but governance.”
Fayose also gave a strong warning to men beating their wives, saying he would ensure their prosecution and imprisonment if there was incriminating evidence against them.
“We are against violence against women in Ekiti. If you do it and I have evidence against you, you will go to prison.
“There are several ways of dealing with a woman. There is zero tolerance to violence against woman in Ekiti,” he stressed.
The governor told the people that there were ongoing projects in 11 out of the 16 local government areas of the state, promising to extend the gesture to the others.
He urged the people to support his government to anoint a successor in office that would continue with his good works.
“What we need is continuity. Lagos is working and the state is developing. This is because there is continuity in government.
“It is my desire to achieve successes on all fronts. I appeal for your support for my government. I will leave office one day but I will be best remembered for my legacies.
“When a wrong person is appointed, he will destroy all the good works we have done. Never should a wrong person that will leave us in debt be appointed again.
“If power transits to a person we all chose and we a person that we will have access to, he will continue the good job. You will be the one to choose the candidate.”
The governor urged the people to go for continuous voter registration and obtain their voter cards.
With the people behind him, Fayose boasted to defeat the All Progressives Congress in the state if election was conducted “today”, even in the face of federal might.
“Ekiti people don’t pretend; when they like you, they show it to you. No matter how important or relevant you are, you are nothing without the people. My people love me; they love me that I’m working for them,”