By Rotimi Ojomoyela
The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and the Congress of All Progressives, APC, in the state of Ekiti, participated yesterday in a verbal war for the third anniversary of the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi.
While the PDP called the Fayemi administration low on all fronts, it said three years had passed without any meaningful program benefiting the people of Ekiti.
But APC nevertheless dismissed the charge that Governor Fayemi’s third year was a colossal failure, describing the statement as coming from frustrated minds and disoriented opposition.
The Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the state of Ekiti, Mr. Raphael Adeyanju, in a statement, described the third anniversary as a celebration of shamelessness on the part of the government.
Adeyanju said: “Unfortunately, the Vice President and his entourage landed in Akure, a 30-minute drive from Ado Ekiti, and were picked up by helicopter from Akure local airport to Ado Ekiti, due to the terrible, deplorable and precarious condition of the country. The Akure / Iju / Ikere highway and other roads leading to the state have collapsed.
“During Governor Ayo Fayose’s PDP administration, the roads were constantly maintained with money from the state of Ekiti, which was never reimbursed by the federal APC government. When the Federal Government wanted to make a refund, the APC, like then the opposition, obtained a court ruling to stop the payment. The incumbent administration has not reported the whereabouts of the fund to date.
“Our people have never been so disappointed, both in the state and in the federal and state government. The level of poverty has reached an alarming level. People are now groaning in pain, while the APC government has no idea how to tackle the problem.
His statement comes from a frustrated opposition —APC
In his response, APC State Advertising Secretary, According to Dipe, said: “How can anyone say that it is not worth celebrating the payment of workers’ wages for three years without duty? Even if it is a naira, officials can now plan their money without the governor appearing on the radio every month explaining why he will not be able to pay.
“Isn’t it worth celebrating the completion of the Civic Center, which former Governor Ayodele Fayose abandoned despite reaching 80 percent and humming so many highways?
“Under the PDP government, primary and secondary school students paid taxes, but isn’t Governor Fayemi’s repeal of such ugly taxes worth celebrating?
“The fact that Gossy Water, suddenly resurrected, is worth celebrating.
“The brick burned Ire, who never thought would see the light of day, is now producing bricks.”
Doesn’t that call for celebration?
“The fact that Governor Fayemi is now the chair of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum makes Ekiti a national force to be reckoned with that is worth celebrating, in case the PDP doesn’t know.”