Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka has said the persistent attack on Governor Ayodele Fayose by self-acclaimed human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) was out of pain and frustration occasioned by his failed ambition to govern Ekiti State.
The governor’s spokesperson said it was strange that a lawyer of Falana’s standing would keep talking about someone committing crime for over 10 years without him being able to get the person convicted, adding that; “Oga Femi Falana is fast turning himself into a jester with his obsession to jump to the roof top to make noise over anything Ayo Fayose.”
Olayinka, who urged him to make another attempt at contesting the Ekiti State governorship instead of making noise from Lagos, said; “He (Falana) can come to Ekiti and stand for election again and let’s see if he can win even house of Assembly election in Ilawe-Ekiti, his hometown.”
While describing Falana’s stance on Ekiti State as hypocritical, the governor’s aide said throughout the four years of All Progressives Congress (APC) government of Dr Kayode Fayemi, Falana did not utter a word to condemn the murder of 10 indigenes of the State that were murdered by agents of the government.
“During the APC government of Dr Kayode Fayemi, 10 indigenes of Ekiti State were murdered by agents of the government. In one of the murders, Foluso Ogundare’s killing in Emure Ekiti, the APC government tried so hard to frustrate the trial of the suspects and it was a public knowledge that Certificates of Occupancy were hurriedly signed to effect the suspects’ bail.
“When all these were happening in Ekiti, Falana was not in the moon, he simply opted to keep silent because it was not Fayose that was the governor.
“As at today, the APC Chairman in Ekiti State, Jide Awe who is standing trial over the murder of Ayo Jeje and Mrs Juliana Adewumi in Erijiyan Ekiti has remained a fugitive. Can Falana tell Nigerians whether or not he has not been relating with fugitive Jide Awe?
“The same Falana said in an interview in Punch newspaper on July 15, 2014 that Ekiti governorship election was not rigged and that Fayose won fair and square, only to come back close 18 months after to say that the election was fraudulent.
“Honestly, Oga Femi Falana must be told in clear terms that his hypocrisy on Ekiti State politics, especially concerning Governor Fayose is fast turning to sound from a broken record. If he is pained with Fayose as his governor, he should wait till 2018 to try his luck and let’s how far he will be able to go.”