Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has listed some virtues to include courage, identifying with the people and how to handle intricate political issues as some of the things he has learnt from the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, which are helping him in his political life.
The Abia governor, who spoke at the weekend during the burial ceremony of his mother which Fayose attended, noted that he had visited Fayose twice in the last seven months and gained some insight as far as leadership and holding political power are concerned.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti yesterday by Governor Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Ikpeazu said, “Governor Ayodele Fayose is a courageous man, a voice for the voiceless, a defender of the weak and defencelss, a brother, a leader, a friend and a leader of the people.
“A consistent man known for speaking out the truth all the time. He told me few things that worked for me perfectly in this state. He is a man I love and respect so much and I salute his courage .
“He has been governor twice and he is far experienced. He has encouraged me in deed, character and in words. I pray t hat God will give me the opportunity one day to be able to show my appreciation to him and how I feel about him. He is a man I love and respect so much and I salute his courage,” Ikpeazu said.
In his remarks, Fayose described the Igbo people as not only industrious, but dogged. He said he named one of his sons Chukwuemeka many years ago to show how much he appreciates the Igbo people.
On the politi cal situation in the country, he said that nobody could silence or cow him, “The nation should resist dictatorship otherwise this democracy is doomed. Those that are applauding dictatorship now will soon end in the belly of the dictator,” he opined.
Fayose said he was certain of Ikpeazu winning at the Supreme Court and that he would return to Abia soon to celebrate with Ikpeazu.
Meanwhile, Ekiti State Government has assured indigent citizens in the state of adequate legal representation and fairness in their quest for justice and equity.
The Executive Secretary of the Office of the Public Defender, Mrs. Modupe Akinbolawa, who gave the assurance in Ado-Ekiti during an advocacy visit to the state Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, noted that her office has been mandated by the State Government to provide free legal services for unemployed people as well as those earning below the minimum wage with particular reference to women, widows, children, students, the physically challenged and citizens above the age of 60.
In his remarks, the state Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, lauded the efforts of the state government to protect the rights of indigent people in the state.