#EkitiGate: ‘Femi Falana is Speaking to Satisfy His Stomach’ – Fayose
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), as someone whose comments on national issues, especially the ones involving the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State are self interest induced, Punch has reported.
According to Fayose, a lawyer of his standing should be concerned about his credibility and be consistent on issues, rather than speaking from both sides of his mouth just to satisfy his stomach.
He said Falana should purge himself of his personal hatred for him and stop crying over his failed attempts to govern Ekiti State.
“Even in his Ilawe-Ekiti polling unit, he could not convince his own people to vote for the APC during the election. Was it because he was prevented from voting by anyone?”
Falana was reported to have said that the June 21, 2014 governorship election won by Governor Fayose was fraudulent and that the governor had no immunity against criminal prosecution.
However, speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said it was obvious that because of the present political expedient, Falana had forgotten what he said in the interview he granted The Punch newspaper, which was published on July 15, 2014.
“It is necessary to remind him that he said categorically in July 2014 that the governorship election was not rigged.
The governor opined that lawyers, especially those that had risen to the level of Senior Advocate of Nigeria should not be seen as speaking only when their personal or political interests were involved, adding that, “they should be consistent.”
“For instance, over ten Ekiti indigenes were murdered during the APC government of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Falana kept silent. He also kept silent when the future of Ekiti State was being mortgaged to frivolous loans and deductions from workers salary were not being remitted.
It also made no meaning to Falana that democratically elected local government chairmen and councillors were sacked and council election was not conducted throughout the four years of APC government in Ekiti State.
“It is therefore important that Falana be told in clear Yoruba language that; ‘Falana gbo ti e’ (Falana face your own business) and he should look for elsewhere to satisfy his personal political interests because Ekiti will never fall into the hands of hypocrites like him.”
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