From Wole Balogun Ado-Ekiti
The Senate yesterday sent a nine-man delegation to Ekiti State to commiserate with the government and people of the state on the death of the former Military Governor of the old Western Region,
Major-General Adeyinka Adebayo. The team, which was led by Senator Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo), described the late General as somebody who helped in stabilizing the western part of the country following the coup and counter-coup of the late 1960s.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, the delegation visited Fayose in his office and later went to commiserate with the people of Iyin-Ekiti by visiting the Oluyin, Oba Ademola Ajakaiye in his palace. Fayose described Adebayo as a patriotic Nigerian and a staunch believer in the country’s unity.
Oba Ajakaiye commended the Senate for the honour done Adebayo by sending a delegation to visit him.
This is just as a member of the delegation, Senator Mao Ohunabunwa (Abia), said he learnt some political lessons from Fayose while the team and the governor were going from Ado-Ekiti to Iyin-Ekiti.
“I have beean in politics for over 20 years and I have never seen a political leader so accessible and close to his people like Governor Fayose. “While we were moving from Ado-Ekiti to Iyin-Ekiti, we saw how the people were able to feel and even touch their governor.
“This is a lesson for us political leaders.
We exist because of the people and we must not stay aloof from them. Governor Ayodele Fayose is an example of how to stay close to and in touch with the people. I
will try that and impact on my own people too. Emulate Fayose who opens his doors to the people to have access to him.” he said.