The 23th Ekiti State University (EKSU), convocation was during the weekend turned to campaign rally as the State Governor, Ayo Fayose used the occasion to canvass vote for his Deputy, who is the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the state, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka.
Fayose said the state deserves continuity in the July 14 governorship election, so that his Deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola, who is the candidate of PDP can complete the laudable programmes he began.
At the main auditorium of the University where the convocation was held, Fayose said his commitment to education propelled him to initiate policies that moved Ekiti forward from number 35th to first in national examination in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
He said his government had impacted positively on the people’s lives in the areas of agriculture, health and social and human infrastructures, adding that posterity shall judge him well as a governor , who did exceedingly well for the populace.
Fayose who urged the people to support the continuity of his government used the occasion to prophesy that his Deputy will be added the honour being given to him as the number citizen of the state Visitor to the University on that occasion by next convocation of the university.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who also bagged Doctor of Public Administration (honoris causa) of the institution, warned politicians against misuse of power and resort to rigging in the July 14 governorship election.
The monarch said the election should not be conducted under the atmosphere of war, saying Yoruba should resist attempt to pitch them against one another over elections.
Oba Ogunwusi said power belongs to God and that time has come for Ekiti to display its homogeneity by electing Governor Fayose’s successor through a peaceful ad credible poll.
He said: “We don’t want war in the coming election. We don’t want violence and wanton killings in the name of election.
“We don’t want anyone to set Yoruba race against each other again.
Power belongs to God and when it comes to election, the people have the power to elect their leaders and the power to elect doesn’t belong to the powerful people alone.
“So, this time, let the people decide who lead them. Time has come for us to know that power belongs to God and He gives to whoever He likes.
We must see and view Ekiti as first in our hearts”, he advised.
Oba Ogunwusi said the award would motivate him to do more for the university, saying he was committed to be part of any initiative put in place by the management to move the institution forward.
He described those conferred with honorary doctorate degrees as people with integrity, who had contributed to the development of the nation in all spheres.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Samuel Oye Bandele, said the university had decided to jack up its Internally Generated revenue as a way of shoring up infrastructural development necessitated by poor funding from the government.
Bandele said the university is making good exploits in bakery, block making and other ventures that can impact positively on the university and the Ekiti community.
Also Pro Chancellor of the university, Dele Adesina, SAN, who reminded the governor of his promise to donate a building to the university before he leaves office, urging him to make sure he fulfil his promise to institution.
Adesina also called on the Governor to look into the possibility of reviewing the funding of the university upward with a view to enabling the university meet most of its demands.