By Lere Olayinka
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Chief Press Secretary to Governor Segun Oni of Ekiti State, Mr. Wale
Ojo-Lanre has advised the impeached former governor of the State, Mr.
Ayodele Fayose to devote his time, energy and resources to the
criminal charges hanging on his neck instead of seeking credibility
with the minor disagreement between the State Government and some

Ojo-Lanre, reacting to a statement credited to Fayose on the Tuesday
protest by some of the workers, said; “Governor Oni can never be
bothered by whatever that comes out of the mouth of a character like
Fayose, who ruled Ekiti State like a fiefdom, killing, maiming,
blackmailing, brutalising and assaulting all those he perceived as his
political opponents.

“Governor Oni has name, he has character, he has integrity and he has
pedigree. All these are what Fayose lack and it will amount to an
insult for the governor to be trading words with such an element.
“How can someone like Governor Oni be trading words with a political
parasite like Fayose, who was at a point in the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), Progressive Peoples'
Alliance (PPA), Action Congress (AC) and now Labour Party (LP).
“May be he thinks Ekiti people have forgotten the murder of Tunde
Omojola, destruction of cars belonging to Alliance for Democracy (AD)
members at Mugbagba, Ado-Ekiti on May 28, 2005, murder of Dr. Ayo
Daramola, attempted murder of Taiye Fasubaa, demolition of Senator
Bode Olowoporoku's house in Ado-Ekiti and several other acts of
political intolerance he perpetrated while in government?

“Perhaps, he has also forgotten that it was Governor Oni, who paid the
pension and gratuities of the workers, who retired during his (Fayose)
regime. Even the severance benefits of political appointees that
Fayose used as instruments of blackmail and political coercion was
paid by the Oni-led administration.

“It is rather unfortunate that we have a society that allows even a
certified criminal to sermonise about crime. If not, a Fayose, who
personally maimed and assaulted people during a mere councillorship
election and caused serving and former governors to be detained for
ours won't be talking about free and fair elections.

“It is therefore our advise that he should rather face the various
criminal charges hanging on his neck and stop running from pillar to
post in search of an elusive political relevance.”