- President Buhari's aide and the Ekiti state government were said to have engaged in a war of words
- The disagreements began when Senator Babafemi Ojudu described the performance of the Fayemi-led administration as shoddy
- The Ekiti state government in reaction said Ojudu's statement was a calculated attempt to distract the governor
A report by The Nation indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari's special adviser on political affairs, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and the Ekiti state government have engaged in a war of words over Governor Kayode Fayemi's alleged poor performance.
The senator disclosed this in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, June 10, during a phone chat with newsmen. The chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) also noted that all indicators of good governance in the last two years were in the negative mode.
Ojudu who represented Ekiti Central in the seventh Senate described the performance of the Fayemi-led administration as shoddy and fell short of expectation. He also lamented that there was a lack of governance in Ekiti state.
According to him, there are no better indications of Fayemi’s failure than the moribund educational system, comatose health, deplorable roads across the state.
He stressed that if Fayemi had channeled his energy towards improving the living conditions of the people, the state would have experienced genuine socio-economic development instead of waging war against perceived enemies within APC.
He added that within the last two years no meaningful and tangible achievement has been recorded.
However, the governor swiftly reacted to Ojudu's statement describing it as a ruse and calculated attempt to distract the ‘workaholic governor’.
Fayemi speaking through Segun Dipe, his special assistant on media and public communication, said that contrary to Ojudu's claim, there was governance in Ekiti state and the people are already savoring the dividends of democracy.
Dipe also noted that the senator was sounding like an outsider who had lost touch and doesn’t recognize Ekiti at the moment because he doesn’t come home
According to Dipe, Ojudu was sounding like an outsider who had lost touch with what was happening in the state.
He said: "Yes, Senator Ojudu doesn’t come home and doesn’t recognize Ekiti at the moment. What you don’t understand you will always see fault in it. For now, he is excused from seeing the negative side because he is already a stranger and alien to the people and the party.”
The governor's aide further said that Ojudu is practising deliberate amnesia and chooses to forget and remember what he wants.
Meanwhile, the Ekiti state government has dragged the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to court over the constitutionality of virtual court proceedings.
The state government is asking the Supreme Court to issue an order striking down the directive on virtual or remote court sittings.
The suit filed through the office of the Ekiti state's attorney general and commissioner for justice, Wale Fapohunda, also wants the apex court, among other things, to nullify the directive to the extent that same purports to be binding on state high courts and other subordinate courts in Ekiti state.
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