Afolabi Akanni, a lawmaker in the Ekiti State House of Assembly, has been gifted with a new vehicle by Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
Akanni, who was detained for 18 days by the Department of State Services, was presented with the car gift at a ceremony held at the Jibowu Hall of the governor’s office while hosting the 26-member assembly.
Fayose expressed pride at the resolve of the lawmakers who ‘have refused to be bought’ or coerced into betraying him.
“This House of Assembly is very unique and exemplary. You have refused to be bought over. My detractors have money and influence but Power of God starts where that of men stops. I’m so proud of you.”
“You have shown that you can see beyond today. Wealth is not the amount of money in your bank but your level of integrity. You represent and carry yourselves as responsible Nigerians. The Old testament has to give way to the new testament. You are the ‘New testament’ House of Assembly.”
“Betrayers will only contribute to the success of the person being betrayed. Those that betrayed us in the first term are no longer relevant today. Many of them even suffered and regretted their actions.”
“Together we stand and I know the House will never divide. I don’t regret standing for those incarcerated. This is an opportunity for us to stand for our tomorrow.”
Reacting to the gesture of appreciation, Akanni said he was certain that the governor would fight for him while he was detained by the security agency.
“He remains a very honest man who also stand by his followers. I was so sure that he will fight my cause while in detention and I was not disappointed.
“The DSS asked me so many questions about the governor and I stood my ground. Governor Fayose is one man that I can never betray because he is my helper and my mentor. He has done a lot for me.