Read the press statement below…
A member of the House of Representatives, representing Ekiti South Federal Constituency two, Hon Akin Awodumila has commended the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose for providing credible and vibrant opposition to the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government.
Hon Awodumila, who was reacting to statement credited to a former House of Representatives member, Bamidele Faparusi, that Governor Fayose was dragging the name of Ekiti in the mud for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari, said;
“Only an intending dictator will castigate any Nigerian for making his position on the APC-led Federal Government public and democracy is not about suppressing people’s freedom of expression.”
The Reps member said himself and the entire people of his constituency were pleased with Governor Fayose for demonstrating the true Ekitiman in him, describing the governor as the emerging national leader of the opposition.
Hon. Awodumila urged President Buhari to be mindful of people like Hon Bamidele Faparusi, who were desirous of turning him to a dictator by making him appear like one that must be worshipped.
He said; “President Buhari will make a better president if he listens to genuine critics of his government like Governor Fayose because those are the only people that can tell him the bitter truth.
“We were all in this country when Governor Fayose debunked the claim that States were given bailout fund to pay outstanding salaries. Some of the APC sycophants like Faparusi said the governor was attacking President Buhari.
But what happened later?
Was Governor Fayose’s position not corroborated by the Governor’s Forum?”
The National Assembly member urged Governor Fayose to remain resolute in putting the APC-led federal government on its toes, saying; “vibrant opposition is the soul of democracy and no one can stop Fayose, the holder of Ekiti people’s popular mandate from airing his views on national issues.