Former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has said his tenure immensely benefitted the people of the state and urged his traducers, especially politicians in cleric robes to open both their physical and spiritual eyes to see those things and appreciate them.
This is just as he advised clerics interested in politics to put off their robes and join politics rather than hiding under the guise of being cleric to throw political stones.
He stated this on Monday through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, while reacting to cements by the Anglican Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Rt Rev. Christopher Omotunde, who labeled Fayose’s four-year-term as a waste.
“Our fathers have a saying that it is disheartening when one hears a statement of gullibility from a place where one expects to hear words of wisdom. The records of the Fayose administration are there for all to see. It organised an Education Summit that led to great improvement in education in the state. Ekiti came first back-to-back in NECO exams and we also did well in WAEC. The institutions are public ones and the records are there.
” The administration built the first flyover in the state and it passes besides Omotunde’s church and one wonders if the bishop closes his eyes whenever he drives or passes through that place. If he does not, we pray that God opens his spiritual eyes.
“The Fayose government built a new high court complex, a new Governor’s Office, a new Ojaba Market, dualised roads in Ise, Emure, Ikole, Omuo, Ijero, Efon among others. We also dualized the Ado-Ikere road, built many roads in Ado such as Petim- Afao Road, Dehead- Police Headquarters Road among others. May be the bishop does not go out and pass through these roads.
” Accreditation for various courses in EKSU, School of Nursing, College of Health Technology was pursued and got by the administration. We can go on and list many things done in agriculture, health, social welfare among others. Yearly we recognised hardworking teachers and civil servants and give then cars and prizes.
“The Ekiti people who Fayose served for almost eight years know that his time was a great blessing to them which is why they called him architect of modern Ekiti. It is better for Bishop Omotunde to remove the priestly garment and mount the soap box,” Adelusi said.
He added that Fayose’s ingenious way of tackling the herders/farmers clashes by the enactment of the Anti-Open Grazing Law was copied and adopted by many states and his boldness applauded.
On the claim that Fayose’s criticism of Buhari was in bad taste, Adelusi challenged Omotunde to point out one of such.
“May be the bishop is saying the country should revert to a one-party state and that everybody should sleep facing one side. The cleric was in the country, I presume, before the 2015 elections and heard and read all that the All Progressives Congress did then. He can just as well go and take over the job of their publicity secretary,” he said.