- Kayode Fayemi says he was betrayed by some of the people he helped politically
- Fayemi, who wants to govern Ekiti state again, reveals that he actually lifted these people even financially
- He says when he was governor, he allowed his appointees to enjoy their positions
Nigeria’s mines and steel development minister, Kayode Fayemi, has reportedly opened up for the first time about his relationship with some of his aides and political associates, revealing that he was grossly betrayed by most of them.
Fayemi, a former governor of the state, who recently declared his intention to run again, reportedly revealed this at Ode-Ekiti, headquarters of Gonyin local government on Sunday, April 15, when one of his political associates and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Makinde Araoye, established a social security programme for some elderly in the area.
Daily Independent reports that the beneficiaries got cash, food items and other palliatives to cushion the effect of economic hardship.
According to Fayemi, many of the people he lifted politically and financially are now behind the alleged ongoing campaign of calumny against him.
“All those we lifted while in government are now behind the ongoing campaign of calumny. I have forgiven them, because as a human being I must have offended a lot of people too.
“After losing, many of them started spreading rumour against me that I didn’t allow them to operate freely in my government.
“There was no one that held office in my government that I teleguided. I allowed them to be free and enjoyed their positions contrary to what they said.
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“I have forgiven those that betrayed me just like I apologise to whoever I must have offended as a governor, because I am a human being and I can’t claim to be infallible,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Kayode Fayemi, officially declared interest in contesting the July 14, governorship election in Ekiti state.
Fayemi, who was the governor of Ekiti state between 2010 and 2014, told journalists in an interview at his Ishan Ekiti country home on Saturday, March 31, that he would follow due process, starting with a formal notification of his intention to the leadership of the APC and the state secretariat of the party, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng also reported that Kayode Fayemi said the All Progressives Congress (APC) will ensure that the out-going governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, ends up in jail.
Fayemi made the statement on Saturday, April 14, at a declaration ceremony attended by a large crowd on Saturday in Ado Ekiti.
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