In a rare public display of affection by a political office holder on his spouse, Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi Tuesday, showered encomiums on his wife – Bisi, whom he revealed that had it not been for her steadfastness and support, he would have given up on reclaiming his election mandate through the courts.
Fayemi, who was addressing the congregation at a special thankgiving service to celebrate the 50th birthday anniversary of his wife, Chief Bisi Fayemi, said on countless occasions, he decided to quit the struggle to regain his electoral mandate as it got at him, but for his wife, who urged him on.
In his words: “I worship the ground on which my wife walks. If my wife had not been a faithful person; if she had not been a committed person; if she had not been a trusted person, I can always say with certainty that I won’t be standing before you as the governor of this state.
“This is because there were times I felt like walking away from it all, asking myself if it was really worth it, but she stood firm. I will like to say that she is a quiet pillar behind the scene, but definitely, not a silent supporter either; she is very active, to some people too active to a fault. But I genuinely feel that not only has Ekiti got two for the price of one, but are not even sure sometimes who is governor.”
He described his wife’s golden jubilee anniversary as “a joyous occasion for us.”
In a sermon at the service, the Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Reverend Felix Ajakaye, described Mrs Fayemi as “a faithful and virtuous wife, a dedicated mother, a genuine friend and above all, a graceful, worthy and fulfilled child of God.”
Bishop Ajakaye further charged the celebrant to “Be the candle or the mirror that reflects it,” quoting Edith Wharton.
In her vote of thanks, Mrs Fayemi thanked her family members and friends for finding time to rejoice with her.