The Special Adviser to President Mohammadu Buhari on Political Affairs, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and Ekiti State Government have traded words over alleged poor performance of Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Ojudu who lamented that there was lack of governance in the state, described the Fayemi-led government’s performance as shoddy and fell short of expectation.
The Senator who represented Ekiti Central in seventh Senate stated this on Wednesday during a telephone chat with newsmen in Ado Ekiti, added that all indicators of good governance in the last two years were in the negative mode. The APC chieftain said there are no better indications of Fayemi’s monumental failure than the moribund educational system, comatose health, deplorable roads across the state.
He stressed that Ekiti would have experienced genuine socio-economic development if Governor Fayemi had channelled his energy towards improving the people’s living conditions instead of waging war against perceived enemies within APC. He added that the Fayemi-led government had no prospect to impact positively on the people in terms of good governance, saying no meaningful and tangible achievement has been recorded within the last two years in the saddle.
According to Ojudu, “where is the focus on the people now ? Is it roads the government is constructing ? Is it providing employment ? Is it providing foods ? Where is the governance ? I want you to do a search on google and tell me where the projects are.
“Take Borno state and also Ekiti State. Look at what Borno state Governor, Professor Zulum has done since he was sworn in till today and then take a look at what Ekiti state Governor has done since he was sworn in. Let us compare the two, when they tell you there is no money, is Zulum in charge of the Central Bank or he is receiving more than what Ekiti is being given?
“What is the population of Borno and what is the population of Ekiti state ? You could take three Ekiti state out of Borno. Compare the ratio of the population of Borno to what is going there and the ratio of our population and what is coming here,” he said.
The APC chieftain chided the governor for running the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), like his personal estate without recourse to critical party stakeholders and elders. The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters who described the governor as a puppeteer said Fayemi has not called any meeting of party leaders or caucus meeting since he was sworn in almost two years on.
“They have not called any meeting of leaders of the party. No meeting, no caucus, I don’t know how one man can run a show of the party . He is a puppeteer. He beats the drum and others just dance to it.
“Most of us have been observers; ex-senators, ex-House of Representatives members, ex-speaker of the House of Assembly, ex-members of the House of Assembly, leaders of repute. Nobody has been asked to come for any meeting.”
In a swift reaction, the Governor who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media and Public Communication, Mr Segun Dipe, described Ojudu’s position as a ruse and calculate attempt to distract the ‘workaholic governor’. Dipe said that contrary to what the senator said, there was governance in the state and the people of the state were already savouring the dividends of democracy.
According to Dipe, Ojudu was sounding like an outsider who had lost touch with what was happening in the state. “Ojudu is sounding like people are claiming he is. He is guilty of what people are accusing him of. We believe his appointment can’t be divorced from being an Ekiti man. Yes, Senator Ojudu doesn’t come home and doesn’t recognize Ekiti at the moment.
“What you don’t understand you will always see fault in it. For now, he is excused from seeing the negative side because he is already a stranger and alien to the people and the party.”
He is practising deliberate amnesia. He chooses to forget what he wants to forget and remember what he wants to remember. In the long run, there is governance and there is APC in Ekiti State.”
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