President Muhammadu Buhari has described Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Solid Minerals, as a man of sound intellect whose contributions helped the administration achieve progress, especially in the solid minerals sector.
Buhari gave the commendation while presiding over the Federal Executive Council (FEC)’s valedictory session, in honour of Fayemi, who is now the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Ekiti State governorship election scheduled for next month,
The President used the occasion to canvass for voter education so that people would get the Permanent Voters Card to elect candidates of their choice at all levels.
“The people’s wish should be respected and the people should be allowed to vote for candidates of their choice across parties,” Buhari said.
He remarked that technology contributed to the success of elections in the country, especially with the introduction of the PVC and Card Reader.
President Buhari recalled that the PVC and card reader made it possible for him to win the 2015 presidential election after three unsuccessful attempts.
He said he would have been rigged out of the 2015 presidential election but for PVC and Card Reader.
The Renaissance recalled that Fayemi tendered his resignation as a minister last week in accordance to the constitutional provisions that any political office holder contesting for any position should resign from office at least 30 days before the election.
One minister from the each of the six geo-political zones spoke on behalf of their colleagues.
They all view the governorship election as a mission for Fayemi to rescue Ekiti state from the grip of People’s Democratic Party.
Ogbonaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology spoke for the South East zone, Abdulrahman Damzabau, Minister of Interior spoke for the Northwest zone while Sen. Aisha Al-Hassan, Minister of Women Affairs spoke for the Northeast zone.
Similarly, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance spoke for the South West, Bawa Buhari, Minister of State Mines and Steel Development spoke for North Central while Mr Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation spoke for the South South zone.
Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, urged cabinet members to rally round Fayemi and ensure he wins the election.
In his remarks, Fayemi, jokingly said that he would have to learn how to dodge bullets, notiung “winning the Ekiti state governorship will not be a national loss as it will serve the country better”.
He thanked the president for giving him the opportunity to serve and his colleagues, for their support and love.