Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, issued a warning on Monday to newly elected local government councillors, urging them not to view their chairmen as rivals. He emphasized that such rivalry could hinder the prospects of bringing about positive changes and development at the grassroots level.
To prevent internal conflicts that might lead to intra-party crises and disrupt governance, Oyebanji encouraged the elected officials to collaborate harmoniously with the executive in effectively implementing government policies aimed at fostering development in the council areas.
These remarks were made in Ikere Ekiti during the launch of a one-day capacity training organized by a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Adeniyi Ojuawo, for the newly elected councillors in Ise/Orun, Ikere, and Ekiti Southwest Local Government Areas of the state.
Governor Oyebanji, represented by his Deputy, Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye, congratulated the councillors on their victories in the recent local government election. He appealed to them to carry out their legislative duties with utmost honesty, passion, dedication, loyalty, and diligence.
Oyebanji advised the councillors to see this opportunity as a valuable platform to make significant positive impacts in the lives of the electorate, rather than as a means for corrupt enrichment or engagement in divisive politics.
“In displaying this loyalty, you must shun any act that could ignite crisis in your councils. Don’t perceive your chairmen as rivals. Rather, cooperate with them in the discharge of your legislative and other oversight functions to help the governor cascade development down to the grassroots to liberate our people from poverty, neglect and exclusion,” he said.