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Fayose appoints 72-year old carpenter as council chair

Just as Nigerians are still dazed with President Moham­madu Buhari’s shocking appointment of his kitchen cabinet yes­terday, Governor Ayo­dele Fayose of Ekiti State yesterday gave his own shocker, as he appointed a 72-year old carpenter and illiterate, Mr. Ola­tunde Afolayan, as the caretaker chairman of Moba Local Government Area.

Fayose, who also sworn in members of the State Independent Electoral Commission, headed by a retired Chief Judge of the State, Justice

Kayode Bamisile , called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to remove Mrs. Amina Zakari as the Acting Chairman of the Independent Na­tional Electoral Commis­sion. He also urged him to be equitable in appoint­ing the National Electoral Commissioners.

Afolayan, who was sworn-in as caretaker chairman of Moba Local Government , was inaugu­rated alongside Mrs Omo­lara Bayode Ayeni and Mr. Owolabi Ajewole, who were to superintend over Ikole and Ijero Councils

respectively, following resignation of those that were earlier appointed by the governor.

Fayose said many of the champions of democracy in Nigeria depend on illiter­ate to survive during elec­tioneering campaigns , la­menting that many political leaders however abandon such illiterate benefactors on assuming office.

Afolayan, who com­mended the governor for the kind gesture said, what he expected was for the governor to make him a ward chairman,

promising to surpass the records left behind by his predecessors to justify Fayose’s stand that local people are intelligent and visionary

Excited Afolayan said: “I had never gone to school for a day, but that does not diminish my

intelligence. I may not be educated or certificated, but I have brain and experi­ence to pilot the affairs of the council.”

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