Ekiti governor-elect, Ayo Fayose, has charged the Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fasola, to wake up from his slumber and come to the reality of his victory at the just concluded governorship election in the state.
A leader of the PDP in Ekiti and former Attorney General of Ekiti state, Barrister Owoseni Ajayi, reacting on behalf of the governor-elect said the comments ascribed to Fashola are unbecoming of a state governor as his words were direct insults on the sensibility of the people.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, Ajayi said Fasola’s comments were mere vilification of “the election and the good people of Ekiti State who voted for Fayose”.
His words “He has become an emergency psychologist doing dubious, bogus and bias psychological analysis of Ekiti electoral behavioral pattern.
“In his previous interviews, Governor Fashola desperately and pathetically attempted to detract from the credibility of Governor Fayose’s victory by insinuating that it was a sheer impossibility for the Governor Elect to win the Ekiti State gubernatorial election with such landslide; defeating the incumbent Governor, his deputy, three senators and all their House of Assembly members in their various local governments without more.
“However, in his latest piece titled “Ekiti Poll: My Take Away” published on the back pages of “Nigerian Tribune” and “Thisday Newspaper” of Monday, the 30th day of June, 2014, the Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN seemed to be approbating after his earlier reprobation.
“Even though the Governor finally admitted defeat in that piece, he did not do so without throwing tantrums akin to an ill-mannered disgruntled child.
He chose rather to ascribe the electoral victory to what he described as; “stomach structure” which according to him meant the overwhelming vote of the people of Ekiti State for their Governor Elect came as a result of the Governor-elect’s [and his party’s] method of; ‘Do nothing, gather money, buy rice, stop at a few local pubs to show you are ordinary [maybe without shoes] and distribute money and rice to the “grassroot” and you are sure to get to Government House; and this is the plan for the whole of the South-west and the presidency’.
“Whilst we may excuse Governor Fashola’s obvious inability to comprehend/understand the concept of Popular Mandate and its workings being himself a product of a single man’s selection, we are nonetheless appalled by his newly acquired ability [or inability] at doing the hatchet job for his party on the Ekiti election.