Paul Akomolehin – The newly sworn-in governor of Ekiti State, Governor Biodun Oyebanji, has been accused of dancing to the dictates of his predecessor, Kayode Fayemi and his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi after Oyebanji had appointed Dr Habibat Adubiaro, as the new Ekiti State secretary to the state government.
Yinka Oyebode was also appointed as the Chief Press Secretary of the state while Justice Dayo Apata was appointed as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice. Not quite long after the appointments and swearing-in ceremonies, accusing fingers were pointed at the governor for his action.
It was stated that the three first appointees occupied key positions in the past administration, and they were allegedly suggested by the Fayemis to be included in Oyebanji’s administration. Adubairo was Fayemi’s running mate when he signified interest to run for another term in 2018.
She was also a former Special Adviser on Women’s Affairs to Governor Fayemi during his tenure. Oyebode on the other hand was the Chief Press Secretary to Fayemi in 2018, he was reappointed to the same position by Oyebanji. Justice Apata served as the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Ekiti State during the first term of the administration of Governor Fayemi.
Due to the fact that the three appointees had worked with the Fayemi administration before, many believed they were cronies of the past administration who were forced on the Oyebanji-led administration. The governor however made it known that the people were chosen based on merit as he had promised the people of Ekiti State to choose the best set of individuals who will help him manage the affairs of the state.