Ekiti APC replies PDP’s criticism over centre named after Fayemi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has lashed out at the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for criticising the government’s decision to rename the civic centre after Governor Kayode Fayemi as the JKF Cultural Centre.
In a statement signed by its spokesman Sam Oluwalana, the APC described PDP as a child without a settled home who is daily envious of another child with a peaceful home.
“It is unfortunate that the PDP in Ekiti has become so fragmented to the extent that no qualified PDP person in Ekiti is considered fit enough in the state to direct its affairs except a complete stranger from Osun state who was selected by the national executives in far away Abuja to superintend over its affair in Ekiti. We believe that this is their cause of constantly crying wolf where there isn’t any,” Oluwalana said.
Oluwalana stated that unlike in the case of the former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, a PDP member, who named a market after himself, it was the people of Ekiti State through their representatives requested that the civic centre as a monument be named after Governor Fayemi.
During its special sitting marking its first year in office, the Ekiti State House of Assembly had passed a motion renaming the civic centre which was nearing completion after Governor Kayode Fayemi who they believed had done a lot to develop the state.
But the PDP, in a reaction through its Caretaker Committee Secretary, Diran Odeyemi, described the action as “petty and empty.”
The APC spokesman wondered what was petty or empty in the action, describing Diran Odeyemi as an ignorant figure who knows nothing about the political development in Ekiti, “except the lies he is being fed by the renegades of the the dying party (PDP) in the State.”
“APC affirms the decision of the lawmakers. Dr Fayemi deserves the honour of naming a legacy project after him and even more, Oluwalana said, describing Dr. Fayemi as “a quintessential Ekiti Omoluabi who had contributed immensely to the development of every town in Ekiti State during his first tenure and as the current governor.
“The present crop of lawmakers in EKHA are men and women of integrity who had conducted the business of lawmaking with grace and candour and in accordance with the constitution and the standing rules of the house of Assembly.
“It is not a house of commotion where a Governor would dress shabbily into its hallow chambers holding a miniature gavel and proclaiming himself the Speaker to pass the budget, which he had presented within minutes while the so-called lawmakers would look on helplessly and haplessly”.
Oluwalana advised the PDP to face its business and “put its scattered house in order rather than throwing stones from outside into a peaceful home.”