Ekiti State Governor Mr Biodun Oyebanji said on Monday that the appointment of State Government Secretary Habibat Adubiaro and Attorney General and Judicial Commissioner Mr Dayo Apata (SAN) fulfilled his commitment to have competent persons in the Cabinet.

Oyebanji said the appointments of Adubiaro and Apata were based on their extensive seniority and experience, and he reiterated his commitment to placing highly competent Ekiti indigenous people in strategic positions in his government wherever they were located.

The governor, speaking with Ado-Ekiti during the swearing-in of the two officials, debunked in some ways hints that he was under pressure from his predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, his wife Bisi Fayemi and the former lieutenant governor. Appoint their cronies into his cabinet.

“While I recognize people’s right to freedom of speech, I also have the right to respond to fake news circulating on social media,” he said.

Oyebanji said the resumes of the two appointees made it clear that they got the job by merit, saying: “My commitment to the people of Ekiti is that I will look for the best people anywhere to help me run Ekiti. , that’s what we’re doing. As long as we do the right thing for the good of the people, we won’t be distracted.

“But I need to be on the record that neither the former governor nor his wife nor the former lieutenant governor put any pressure on me to appoint anyone. But if I have to go back to his previous cabinet and appoint relevant people who can help me personnel, I’ll pick them up.”

Oyebanji asked the SSG and AG to develop a robust policy engagement platform where policy stakeholders could learn, interact, participate, review and evaluate government programs and programs from time to time to achieve their government’s overall goals.

Responding on behalf of both officials, Apatah assured the governor that they will live lives of dedication, commitment, integrity, loyalty, fulfill their duties, and be key to the government’s vision and mission, as well as add value to the nation’s progress.

The new SSG, Adubiaro, holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and is a former vice-president of the Union of Academic Staff of the Federal University Oye Ekiti branch; while Apata is a former deputy attorney general
Federal Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja.

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