The end of a journey. The beginning of another. Ayo Fayose bade a tearful farewell to the people of Ekiti state as his tenure finally ended on Sunday.
Fayose shed tears shortly after a thanksgiving service held in his honour at the Government House Chapel on Sunday.
The wife of the governor, Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose, who noticed that her husband was shedding tears, moved closer to him as said “please take heart, please take heart.”
After the tears stopped, Fayose bade his wife, few aides and other admirers bye-bye as the convoy headed for Akure.
Throughout the service, Fayose was in pensive mood and his voice was laden with emotion as he addressed the congregation.
The outgoing governor said he was leaving the state number one seat a contented and fulfilled man.
Fayose said: “I’m contented, I’m happy and I say thank you. Don’t be disparaged, don’t worry about me, I will come back. I will rise to the glory of God. I have enjoyed uncommon grace; I will never complain but thank God.”
Apparently referring to the former Speaker, Kola Oluwawole, who was removed by 14 lawmakers on Thursday, Fayose urged him (Oluwawole) to take his sack in good faith.
Fayose said: “I don’t want you to trouble your mind, there won’t be testimonies without battles. Go and concede defeat in the overall interest of Ekiti. You were removed illegally but let God fight for you.”
Mrs. Fayose assured that her husband would come back to Ekiti a triumphant man.
She said: “We are coming back, I don’t know how but I have 200 percent assurances.”
In his sermon entitled, “Affliction shall not rise the second time,” the Chaplain of Government House, Pastor Seyi Olusola, said a man must be ready to face affliction, if he must rise.
“Don’t allow anything to trouble your mind, always come to God.”