A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Biodun Akin-Fasae, has faulted the state Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose over his unrelenting attacks on the person and office of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The APC chieftain lamented that the attacks were unbecoming of the status of a state chief executive and does not enjoy the backing of majority of the people of Ekiti State.
Mr. Fayose has been ardent critic of President Buhari and only just last week, took a full page advertorial in a national daily to lampoon the All Progressives Congress-led government as a deceptive one. This is not the first time the governor has paid for adverts to malign the person and office of the president.
To underscore his role as a staunch opponent of the APC-led federal government, members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly crowned him “the leader of opposition governors” in the country.
Expressing concern over the frequent attacks, Mr. Akin-Fasae, who is a former chairman of the state chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), said it cannot be in the interest of the state as the governor cannot be attacking President Buhari and expect Ekiti to benefit from the federal government, which he heads.
Akin-Fasae argued that while other governors in the opposition are trying to curry the president’s favour in order to attract development to their states, Fayose’s action may be counterproductive to the interests of Ekiti.
“His attacks on the President are unbecoming because Ekiti people did not elect him to be attacking the president. Governors Ben Ayade of Cross River, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, Willie Obiano of Anambra and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe are in opposition parties and they are in good terms with the President and their states are reaping the benefits.
“Fayose’s needless attacks are portraying Ekiti in bad light in the comity of states, that’s not the way to attract local and foreign investment. There is no foreign investment that the federal government does not authorise and any state that does not attend the Fiscal Responsibility Committee meeting could have his allocation withheld. The last time United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon came to Nigeria, $500 million was shared to states that attended, Ekiti never benefited because the state was not represented”, he said.