Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has restored all the privileges of former Governor Segun Oni, whose election was annulled by an Appeal Court in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Oni’s successor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, stopped the privileges enjoyed by Oni on the grounds that a court had declared his election illegal.
Fayose was impeached on October 16, 2006 for misconduct.
A statement in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday by Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said the governor took the step in appreciation of the contributions of past leaders in the state.
“Governor Ayo Fayose is restoring all the privileges of former Governor Segun Oni. His portrait, which was removed from the Governor’s Office by former Governor Kayode Fayemi, has been returned.
“All those who served with him and whose portraits were removed by the past administration such as former chief press secretaries, among others, have been returned.
“It was the Fayemi’s administration that even stopped their financial entitlements when it made the House of Assembly to pass a bill that Oni and Fayose were not due for such.
“The excuse they gave was that Fayose did not complete his tenure and Oni’s tenure was unknown to law because the court removed him from office.
“The Fayose’s administration appreciates the contributions of those who have led the state in the past and would not in any way rubbish such.
“We are ready to acknowledge all and would not as a result of political differences rubbish what people have done in the past,” the statement said.
Adelusi expressed the readiness of the governor to provide a leadership that would eventually rank him among statesmen in Ekiti.