Sunday, October 14, 2018

Political Associates Shun Fayose’s Farewell Dinner

Loyalists, political appointees, aides, party faithful and supporters of outgoing Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose at the weekend shunned a farewell dinner in his honour at the Government House, Ado-Ekiti.

The failed dinner was one of the week- long activities to mark the end of Fayose’s tenure.

The dinner was ruined with empty seats, wasted food and drinks. Less than 20 of the expected guests attended the event slated to commence by 7pm as at 12midnight.

Only journalists, armed security men, protocol officers and a musical team contracted to perform at the ceremony were on seat as at 11pm, The Nation reports.

Conspicuously absent at the valedictory dinner were members of the House of Assembly, commissioners, political appointees and loyal Permanent Secretaries.

Their absence led to wastage of food and drinks meant for entertainment.

A Government House source disclosed that many of those invited were agitated over one issue or the other.

The source, who craved anonymity, disclosed aside from the governor who paid himself and his deputy lump sums as severance package, including parting vehicles, none of the remaining appointees was paid a dime.

“Besides, all the 16 Local Government chairmen are battling to save their jobs in the court, as information was rife on Friday that the incoming governor had concluded arrangement to dissolve the councils anytime soon after his swearing-in on Tuesday.

Governor-Elect Dr Kayode Fayemi will be inaugurated on Tuesday at Ekiti Parapo Pavilion, Ado-Ekiti.