The Ekiti State Government has said the honours to be conferred on former governors Ayodele Fayose and Olusegun Oni, who are opposition party members, have no political undertone.
The Commissioner for Special Duties, Ayodele Jinadu, said rather, that the investiture of the state honours (Oni Uyi) awards on eminent builders of the state was a celebration of history.
Jinadu, at a press conference heralding the awards in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday said, “There is no political undertone in the awards. All the governors and administrators and even acting governors contributed their quota to the development of the state.”
He said the maiden edition of the awards was a special one to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the state, adding, “What we are doing is to celebrate history. Ekiti had for a long time been in the vanguard of struggle for independence since the Kiriji War days.”
He listed those to be conferred with the Architects Award category to include the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Adeyemo Adejugbe; founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola; the Ajero of Ijero, Adebayo Adewole; the Chairman, Standing Committee on Creation of Ekiti State, Oladeji Fasuan; and Secretary, Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr Kunle Olajide.
The commissioner said those to be honoured with the Builders Award category included all past governors and administrators of the state including former governors Adeniyi Adebayo, Fayose and Oni.