The Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka has said human rights activist and lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, is obsessed about criticising Governor Ayodele Fayose because of his ambition to become the governor of the state.
Olayinka, who was reacting to comments made by Falana at the maiden edition of Ekitipanupo Colloquium in Lagos on Thursday, counseled the Senior Advocate of Nigeria to purge himself of his unnecessary criticism of the governor.
“It is obvious that Falana is driving himself sick because of his personal hatred for Governor Fayose and if care is not taking, his state of mind concerning the governor may graduate from psychology to psychosis one day,” Olayinka said.
Falana had accused Governor Fayose of looting funds meant for the development of Ekiti State.
According to Olayinka, Falana should purge himself of his hatred for anything Fayose because it was not Fayose that truncated his (Falana) ambition to be governor of Ekiti State.
He also said that the human right lawyer must urgently get the anti-Fayose cataract that has blocked his eyes removed so that he can see clearly the developmental strides of the governor during his first and second tenure.
He said: “ Falana should try and see all the dualised roads in Ado-Ekiti (except) two were done by Fayose. Today, which of the past governors in Ekiti can match Fayose’s achievements?”, he querried.
Continuing, Olayinka said: “It is strange that Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) could go public with accusation of fraud against someone who has not been pronounced guilty by any court of law and the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) must take particular notice of this.”
According to the governor’s aide, Falana has been against Fayose just like he did between 2004 and 2006 because of his ambition to contest the Ekiti State Governorship election in 2018, insisting that Falana was still living under the illusion that he can achieve what he used the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to achieve against Governor Fayose in 2006 ten years after.
He however challenged Falana to put pressure on his contacts at the EFCC to look into the looting of Ekiti State treasury by the All Progressives Congress, APC, government of Dr Kayode Fayemi.
“Is Falana unaware of the diversion of N852, 936,713.92 counterpart fund paid by the Ekiti State Government to access the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) 2012 Marching grant by the Fayemi-led government, which has made it impossible for Ekiti State to access UBEC matching grant for 2013, 2014 and 2015?
“Is Falana not aware of the N25 billion bond and other commercial bank loans that the Fayemi’s government took and misappropriated, on which over N1 billion is being deducted from the State federal allocation now?
“Why did Falana keep silent when Ekiti State treasury was being looted right, left and center by the APC government of Fayemi? Where was Falana when uncompleted projects like the Oba Adejugbe General Hospital and State Pavilion in Ado Ekiti were being commissioned by Fayemi?
“Is Falana’s activism concerning Ekiti State only about Fayose and everything about his government?
“As someone who used to be close to him, my counsel for Daddy Femi Falana is that he should stop thinking that he can realise his governorship ambition in Ekiti State by maligning Governor Peter (the Rock) Ayodele Fayose everywhere he goes. He should rather come to Ekiti and sell himself to the people.”
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews…
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