A member of the House of Representatives and Labour Party governorship candidate in last year’s poll in Ekiti State, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele has said that Governor Ayodele Fayose’s recent utterances and actions are at variance with the core values for which Ekiti people are noted, advising the governor to call himself to order, stop hate messages, and face governance of the state squarely.
In a statement issued on Tuesday he said, “I woke up yesterday to celebrate the good news of the award, by the University of London, of a Honourary Doctorate degree to an eminent citizen of Nigeria and a most illustrious son of Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, being the 12th of such recognitions from citadels of learning around the world.
“The joy was however momentarily overshadowed by the bad news of an alarming level of onslaught against one of the foremost 2015 presidential candidates, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd.), by the number one citizen of Ekiti State, Governor Ayodele Fayose,” he said.
“Coming from the same state, I cannot but ponder on the paradox of having two prominent fellow stakeholders being on national spotlight on the same day, one for good news, exporting the Ekiti core values internationally, and the other for bad news, representing that which is not consistent with the Ekiti core values on a national level.
“The statements credited to Governor Fayose, if indeed they came from him, constitute a rude invasion of General Muhammadu Buhari’s privacy and a rough neck tactic to try to dog such a national figure that way.
“Even if, according to Governor Fayose, General Buhari had visited a hospital during his foreign trip, the reasonable question to ask, I would think, is whether or not General Buhari deserves rest or even a medical check-up after a full-fledged and most rigorous (over 30 days) campaign during which he did not miss a single rally?
He added: “it is sad that many leaders of the political class would rather celebrate a poverty of ideas at the expense of ensuring robust reasoning and proffering perspectives on the way forward for Nigeria in a way that potential voters would be able to make up their minds on which candidate to vote for on the basis of superior postulation and demonstrated strength of character”.