“There is Nothing Called Stomach Infrastructure in Ekiti” – Fayemi
Contrary to claims by ‘arm chair critics, who have written severally on the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, where a former governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won, Governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, has said that there is nothing called stomach infrastructure in the state.
He stated this at the 70th birthday lecture and book presentation in honour of Professor Olatunji Dare in Lagos, which marked his first public outing since his unexpected defeat at the polls which indeed shook many.
Although he failed to give further details of what led to his defeat, the governor said his defeat was not due to “stomach infrastructure.”
Fayemi explained that he decided to attend the event himself and purchase copies of the book because “maybe it will redeem my image of what people say we are. Forget what you read from the arm chair analysts, there is nothing called stomach infrastructure in Ekiti. That story will be told another day, not for this occasion.”
He also noted that he did not come to the function with a retinue of policemen and personal aides because of his belief as an intellectual in the public space.
“So when the chairman [General T.Y Danjuma] said I came in quietly and sat down, what else was I supposed to do? To create distraction by walking in with gun-toting policemen, with sirens blaring and all the goons disturbing the peace of the hall? That way, I will be the people’s governor.
“I do worry about that because the lecture we just had and the festschrift talks about public intellectuals and the place of public intellectuals in public sphere.”
Gov. Fayemi said he has been keeping records of his experience in government since he became governor.
“As someone who, at the turn of every year that I have been in office, I have cause to write a book about my experience in government and the challenges of governance, that is why I regard Professor Dare as one of the very best in the industry. And that is why I’m here. That’s my first public event since June 21st (the day of the Ekiti election).”
He said he will continue with the task of finding answers to problems of the society. “We want to go on with our sociological challenges with the way the people are governed. I consider it a duty on my part to pay homage to someone who has taught us the importance of public intellectuals in the development and deepening of democracy.
“That is why I didn’t want to send someone here. Though my Commissioner for Information is here, I prefer to be here myself. I will like to buy some copies, maybe it will redeem my image of what people say we are in Ekiti.”
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