The Ekiti State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has again described the desecration of the tomb of the late Deputy Governor, Mrs. Funmi Olayinka, as “politics of bitterness taken too far”.
The opposition party said Governor Ayo Fayose’s action was a deliberate move to distort his master plan for the Heroes’ Park originally meant to be a library, instead of a Women Development Centre.
A statement by the Ekiti APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, challenged the governor to produce the master plan of the new building and show where it was designed as a Women Development Centre.
He said: “Fayose’s original plan was to distort and cancel the master plan that makes that space a Heroes’ Park as established by the House of Assembly law by erecting the so-called library to deliberately shield the tomb from public view.
“This is deliberate humiliation to diminish the honour of the late deputy governor, who served the state meritoriously and erase her memory in the hearts of Ekiti people”.
The APC spokesman added that it was when Fayose was advised against building a library in the place that he came up with the deceptive idea of honouring the late Olayinka with a Women Development Centre when in actual fact his plan was to insult and erase her memory.
“Fayose betrayed his real intention during his last media chat when he used a derogatory language for the late deputy governor, saying in Yoruba, ‘Eni to ti ku ti ku, (the dead is gone), why waste such a huge space for her tomb?’
“Characteristically, Fayose feigned ignorance that the land was meant to bury Olayinka alone even when all Ekiti people know that the law established the place as a resting place for other Ekiti heroes and heroines”, he said.
According to Olatunbosun, the distortion of the master plan is to achieve three purposes, including abandoning “the gigantic, befitting and multi-function Funmi Olayinka Civic Centre to portray Fayemi as wasteful”.
“The second is to deny Olayinka the honour of naming such a huge edifice which contains a library, research and archives centre, amphitheatre and Women Development Centre after her. “The third is to fleece tax payers of their money as usual by such a needless structure”.
He added: “We learnt the governor is planning to name the Funmi Olayinka Civic Centre project started by Fayemi after himself or one of his benefactors after he might have placated Ado- Ekiti people with his present ramshackle structure.
“The Ogun State government and family of the husband of the deceased had preferred Ogun State as burial site for the late deputy governor but Ado-Ekiti people, especially the Ewi-in-Council, persuaded them to release her body for burial at the Ekiti State Heroes Park after the assurance of a more befitting memorial park that would in future become a tourist site. Fayose is abusing this honour”.