Hon. Oyetunde Ojo, member representing Ekiti West/Efon/Ijero Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, has urged the people of Ekiti State not to be deceived by “the aberrant populist attitude” of a former governor of the state.
He was making a veiled reference to former Governor Ayo Fayose, who is the standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the June 21 governorship elections in the state.
Ojo spoke with reporters in Aramoko-Ekiti while inspecting ongoing work on a 20-bed ward he donated to the Aramoko General Hospital.
The lawmaker, who is Chairman of the House Committee on Communications, described the distribution of money to people on the streets, when Fayose was governor, as “a confused strategy of governance”.
He said: “How many would receive such money and how much has been budgeted for such a happy-go-lucky attitude, where someone suddenly stops his car at a market place and begins to eat roasted plantain with the traders?
“While a governor can do that occasionally if occasion demands, as Governor Kayode Fayemi has been doing, this does not equate real governance through which development can be brought to the people.
“In the case of the former governor, this was all he spent three years doing, leaving the actual governance of the state to the demons. This is why today, the former governor has been going in and out of court to answer questions on an amount of money he mismanaged, which would have been enough to make many lives meaningful today.
“Our people now know and see what it takes to govern a state well. The opposition should not believe that Fayemi will be voted out because he does not dole out money on the streets.
“Fayemi’s achievements speak for him and will speak for him when the time comes. With the way he has executed his eight-point agenda, I see no credible alternative to him among the contestants”.
Mr. Ojo said Fayemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), “remains the best among contestants for the June 21 governorship election because of his unpretentious and blunt attitude to governance”