Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has apparently regained his voice as he has become very vocal once more within the public space.
The latest victim of his tirade this time is the Chief Judge of Ekiti state, Justice Ayodeji Daramola who had vilified the former governor in the media in recent times.
Justice Daramola had criticised the new High Court Complex built by Fayose before the expiration of his tenure saying it was a useless monument not conducive for carrying out judicial duties in the state.
Fayose however told the Chief Judge to grow up and shed his garment of unhinged hatred for the ex-governor through a statement issued on his behalf by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi.
According to Fayose, Daramola bad-mouthing the new state-of-the-art High Court complex constructed by the Fayose administration, has only given more legitimacy to the Yoruba adage that the horse of one’s enemy is never tall enough in one’s own reckoning.
The statement went ahead to quote another Yoruba adage saying the true test of maturity and decency is an adage which says an elephant is too big an animal for someone to compare with a fly out of malice.
The statement continued;
“Reproach and bad-belle apart, the high court complex built by Fayose is world class. It is also the first of its kind since the creation of Ekiti state in 1996.
“If Daramola cannot commend Fayose, he could as well shut up his mouth and stop behaving like a cry-baby.
It is shameless Pull-Him-Down syndrome at work. Daramola was there at commissioning; he should have spoken there and then or is he a coward? Disparaging Fayose now is an act of cowardice.
Speaking now after Fayose has left office tantamount to back-biting and stabbing the former governor in the back.”
Fayose stated that he was not surprised by the comments of the Chief Justice because he apparently was not happy that the complex had been built by someone he hates with passion.
“Justice Daramola has never hidden his displeasure towards Fayose, dating back many years. He had time and again allowed himself to become willing tool in the hands of some politicians to be used against the former governor.
Justice Daramola was bitter and shed tears at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti on October 16, 2014, the day Fayose was being sworn in for second term because the former governor triumphed over all their conspiracies.
Throughout the four years of Fayose’s administration, Justice Daramola never attended state functions personally and on the day when the foundation of the new high court complex was being laid, Justice Daramola openly expressed doubt of Fayose completing the project.
In this regard, what does any right-thinking person expect Justice Daramola to say of one of Fayose’s legacy projects? When the project started, if truly he had noticed certain defects, why did he fail to point them out?
Why did he have to wait till now? This, certainly, is not the act of a forward-looking person. It is without doubt an act of backwardness.
Had this project been executed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration whose interests Daramola leaves no one in doubt he represents, he would have commended it to high heavens.
Justice Daramola will be well advised to please insulate himself from politics and allow Ekiti state judiciary remain the last hope of the common man,” the statement concluded.