TVC N. Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has charged local government chairmen in the state to stay close to their people, urging them to note that real political power resides with the people in the grassroots. He spoke in Ilupeju-Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area of the state while inaugurating the redeveloped Menara Market in the town.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor said any politician who got to office and abandoned his people would only regret it later in his political career.
According to him, such a politician would be shown the wrath of the people when he needs their support in the future. “I plead with our local government chairmen and other political office holders not to abandon their people. If you get to office and feels that you are on top of the world and does not need the people again, you are deceiving yourself.
“Stay close to your people, don’t stay away from them. You are responsible to the people and must learn the fact that, one day you will still need their support,” he said.
Fayose added that the LG, as a tier of government, was closer to the people in the grassroots and therefore LG chairmen should be competent representatives of the people at that level.
The governor said his administration was poised to take development to the grassroots and sought the support and cooperation of the people for that to be achieved.
In his speech, the President, Ilupeju Development Association, Mr Oluwafemi Babalola,described the governor as a great motivator and promise keeper.