Report gathered that the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has faulted a claim by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, that he (Fayose) was providing cover for armed gangs to operate in the state, saying such comment is “ridiculous and nonsensical.”
Falana, while reacting to Fayose’s ‘Save Our Soul’ message to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, in a statement on Sunday, had blamed the governor for the increasing wave of kidnapping in the state, saying armed thugs had been given immunity by the impunity in the state.
He cited the example that the armed thugs had, in connivance with state government, occupied and shut the House of Assembly since November 2014.
But the governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, in Ado Ekiti on Monday, wondered why the Lagos-based lawyer would always keep silent whenever All Progressives Congress-controlled States are involved.
He asked, “Is this not hypocrisy? And Falana did not find it important to ask those All Progressives Congress-controlled states what they have done with their workers’ salaries if truly he is a human rights activist as he claims to be.
“Hypocrisy has made Falana not to say a word on the collapse of the judiciary and the legislative arms of government in some APC controlled States. Or is the judiciary in Rivers State working? And has Falana said a single word on the collapse of the judiciary in Rivers State?”
While urging Falana to live up to the meaning of his name by minding his own business, Fayose wondered why the lawyer would be pretentious about some issues and acted to be a defender in others not involving his friends and paymasters.
“Falana should be ignored because he is fond of beating about the bush and his utterances are always dictated by the percentage of stomach infrastructure from his paymasters.
“I have never and will never provide official cover for armed gangs. It is only a governor or leader that is not popular or loved by his people that would adopt such unconventional means to rule,” he said.