As NGF Chairman, Fayemi Sees Himself As Alternate President – Buhari’s Aide

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Fayemi and Ojudu

The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu says Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi behaves like a “demi-god” and alternate President.

He stated this while accusing the governor of being impervious to constructive criticism.

However, Ojudu, who also hails from Ekiti, said he has no personal axe to grind with Fayemi.

He said he was at loggerheads with the governor, like Segun Oni and Ayodele Fayose before him, because he “could not keep silent in the face of injustice, oppression, and looting of the people’s resources”.

Elaborating on the cause of their clash, Ojudu told Sunday Punch, that Fayemi must “get serious, stay home and govern our people.

“Stop gallivanting and spending stupendous resources on chartering private jets. Use the resources available judiciously.

“Don’t personalise government. Respect our traditional institutions. Don’t insult our obas. Don’t make our party a one-man affair. Do not divide the party into two – the minority who are your minions and called themselves ‘Tokan Tokan’; and the majority who are left abandoned.

“Institute democratic institutions and respect them. Be passionate about our people and do the things that will uplift them. If you do this, then there will be no standoff.”

He said that Fayemi was imposed as governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2018 by people whose aim was to use him to divide the party in the South-West geopolitical zone.

Asked if he had brought the allegations to the governor’s attention, Ojudu said, “Our governor has the persona of demi-god now. He is not just a governor, but the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum which he (perhaps) interprets to mean alternate President.

“He is beyond engaging in dialogue with. You cannot see him or talk to him.

“You can only make supplications as you do to God Almighty. Moreover, when I tried to do so during his first term, I suffered greatly for it including the invasion of my house by armed men.

“I have approached the court of public opinion rather than being the king’s courtier!”

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