Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has faulted the claim by Lagos lawyer and rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) that residents in the state were going on self-exile because of his forthcoming inauguration as governor. Fayose will formally take over affairs of the state on October 16, 2014.
Describing the claim by the Senior Advocate of Nigeria as “irrational, bunkum and baseless”, the governor-elect, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, said only those with skeletons in their closet were leaving the state.
Falana in an interview published on Tuesday had claimed that people, including some of his friends and businesses were relocating from Ekiti because they were afraid of what would happen to them after Fayose’s inauguration as governor.
Adelusi wondered how the rights activist, who hails from the state, came about such claims, noting that the overwhelming people of Ekiti State that voted Fayose as their governor on June 21, this year, were eagerly awaiting his inauguration as governor.
He said, “Ekiti people who elected Fayose and preferred him over and above Falana’s lackey, are waiting for his coming and for the four years he will lead the state. We know for sure that as our Lord lives that expectation will not be cut short.
“Ekiti is as peaceful as any other state, it is people like Falana who are beating the drum of war and propaganda and are having nightmares in which they are the only ones seeing their own Ekiti in trouble, while the reality is that Ekiti is moving into a golden era.
“Those causing trouble in the state in the last two weeks are leaders of the All Progressives Congress and their thugs. If people like Jaruu and Apase, who have murder cases hanging on their necks, are leaving the state, security agencies know how to handle their cases.
“If trouble makers and people that the Bible calls ‘the troublers of Israel’ are relocating, then, it is good riddance to bad rubbish. If those who have looted the state’s treasury and are afraid of probe are relocating, they should know that the long arm of the law will catch up with them.
“It is common sense that it is only the guilty that are afraid. Anybody who does not have any skeleton in his cupboard will not be running helter skelter when nobody is pursuing him”.
Adelusi pointed out that “Falana and his cohorts” should know that they were not better than thousands of Ekiti teachers, artisans, bike riders, businessmen, council workers, professionals and others who cast their votes for Fayose in the June 21 election.
He, therefore, urged the people of Ekiti and Nigerians at large to take Falana’s claims and others that could still be fabricated, with a pinch of salt.
“The good people of Ekiti and Nigerians do not need to exert pressure on just a cell in their brains to think about such claims.
“They have better things to think about. We only hope APC and its sympathisers will come back from their dream land and face the reality on ground”, he added.