The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has censured the Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose for instigating the people against the curfew order imposed by the outgoing Governor, Kayode Fayemi.
Fayose made the call while featuring on a live radio and television interview monitored on Nigerian Television Authority. During the interview, Fayose said residents should go about their normal business because the curfew had brought untold hardship to them.
Fayemi had on September 26 said there would be no movement between the hours of 7pm and 7am every day till further notice. This curfew came on the heels of the widespread violence that greeted the murder of a former Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Omolafe Aderiye, by gunmen.
Reacting to the news, the Coalition through its Executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran, described the action of the governor-elect as preposterous and undemocratic. He noted that what Fayose has exhibited in Ekiti State has shown that he lacks the leadership quality to govern a state.
“The action of Mr. Ayo Fayose is absurd and undemocratic. Does he want to run a parallel government? Why not wait until he assumes power before he issues order to the people? Political brigandage should have a limit. Fayose should realise that he does not enjoy immunity before it is conferred on him. His unruly, lawless and over-audacious action would have stemmed from the kind of cover the Federal Government provides for him, which is not good for our socio-political development. It is a bad precedent for governor-elect to encourage people to disregard constituted authority. That is like burning the bridge he would still need. The incumbent governor still has the authority to give order that is in the interest of the state until the day Mr. Fayose is sworn in.
Causing mayhem in the state capital; causing catastrophe in courts; disallowing one arm of government from functioning just because he wanted to take advantage of all to cover up his track is highly reprehensible. The way the FG is protecting criminals of different descriptions and acting with impunity should be a source of concern to well-meaning Nigerians. The impunity perpetrated by the politicians portends danger for our democracy if time-bound actions are not taken to curtail this trend ravaging our democracy”, Adeniran said.