Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, has faulted recent claims credited to civil rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana SAN, that the governor is providing cover for armed gangs to operate in the state, further dismissing such comments as ‘ridiculous and nonsensical.’
Speaking in Ado-Ekiti, Monday, through his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose wondered why the Lagos-based lawyer would stand truth in its head.
While urging Falana to live up to the meaning of his name by minding his own business, Fayose wondered why the lawyer would be pretentious about some issues and acted to be a defender in others not involving his friends and paymasters.
“Falana should be ignored because he is fond of beating about the bush and his utterances are always dictated by the percentage of stomach infrastructure from his paymasters.
“I have never and will never provide official cover for armed gangs. It is only a governor or leader that is not popular or loved by his people that would adopt such unconventional means to rule,” he said.
The governor said his love by Ekiti people was further demonstrated in the last general elections by the pattern the people voted for his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor added that ‘instead of Falana advising his paymasters in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and calling them to order, he was rather leading them astray.’
“The reason why Nigerians should stop paying attention to any comment by Falana on Ekiti is that during the administration of Kayode Fayemi, 11 killings were sponsored by that government. Murder cases involving the State Chairman of APC, Chief Jide Awe; some aides of the former governor and four APC lawmakers, are pending in various courts and Falana kept quiet and pretended as if nothing happened.
“It is this same man, who as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, ought to protect and encourage the protection of the judiciary, is the one underneath encouraging the APC lawmakers to disrespect court orders all in the name of politics.
“It is this same party of his, which is owing workers seven months’ salary in Osun and four months in Oyo and Ogun, that is crying everyday in the press over a little delay in the payment of April salary in Ekiti.
“Is this not hypocrisy? And Falana did not find it important to ask those APC-controlled states what they have done with their workers’ salaries if truly he is a human rights activist as he claims to be.
“Nigerians need to be told that Falana is yet to cover from the humiliating defeat in the hands of Fayose in 2003 as the National Conscience Party (NCP) governorship candidate. Since then he has not stopped plotting evil.
“But by the grace God, whoever plans evil in Ekiti State will perish, just as Pharaoh’s army perished in the Red Sea in the pursuit of the Israelites,” he concluded.