Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Affairs, Babafemi Ojudu, has renewed his quarrel with the Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, over the performance of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government in the state, saying that there is no governance in Ekiti.
Ojodu, who represented Ekiti-Central in Seventh Senate, stated this during a telephone chat with journalists.
The former senator, with other aggrieved APC leaders, are currently challenging the legal validity of the Paul Omotosho-led State Executive Council of the APC in Ekiti.
In his latest outburst, Ojudu rated Fayemi low in terms of performance, claiming that even states contending with security challenges fare better than Ekiti.
But Fayemi, in a swift reaction, described Ojudu as a stranger who hardly visits Ekiti and could not have seen anything.
The governor, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media and Public Communications, Segun Dipe, said that contrary to what the senator said, there was governance in the state.
“Ojudu is sounding like people are claiming he is. He is guilty of what people are accusing people of. We believe his appointment can’t be divorced from being an Ekiti man. Yes, Senator Ojudu doesn’t come home and doesn’t recognise 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.
He is practising deliberate amnesia. He chooses to forget what he wants to forget and remember what he wants to remember. In the long run, there is governance and there is APC in Ekiti State.”
But the President’s aide also accused the governor of running the state and the party, like a one man show and a puppeteer.
“Where is the focus on the people now? Is it roads the government is constructing? Is it providing employment? Is it providing foods? Where is the governance? I want you to do a search on Google and tell me where the projects are.
“Take Borno State and also Ekiti State as examples. Look at what Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umaru Zulum, has done since he was sworn in till today and then take a look at what Ekiti State governor has done since he was sworn in. Let us compare the two, when they tell you there is no money, is Zulum in charge of the Central Bank or he is receiving more than what Ekiti is being given? Ojudu lamented.
“What is the population of Borno and what is the population of Ekiti State? You could take three Ekiti States out of Borno. Compare the ratio of the population of Borno to what is going there and the ratio of our population and what is coming here,” he said.
On the allegation of running the party like a one-man show, the President’s aide, said that the governor has not called any meeting of party leaders or caucus meeting since he was sworn in for almost two years.