Oni rejects governor’s car gift
Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s support for the Kaduna State Government’s planned sack of about 22,000 teachers that purportedly failed competency test conducted by the state government.
Fayose said: “By openly supporting the sack of about 22,000 teachers in
Kaduna State, President Buhari has approved loss of jobs as the official policy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) instead of creation of three million jobs per year that the party promised Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, the Director General of Segun Oni Campaign Organisation (SOCO), Dr. Ife Arowosoge, yesterday cleared the air on why the former governor rejected the SUV gift by Fayose, saying it was done in the interest of the entire Ekiti State workers.
Arowosoge, who spoke during the inauguration of the Advisory Committee of the organisation, charged them to ensure the emergence of Oni at the primary election scheduled to hold in April 2018.
In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti yesterday and signed by his
Special Assistant on Public Communications, Lere Olayinka, Fayose, said it was sad that President Buhari, whose government promised to create jobs for Nigerians, is supporting throwing back about 22,000 teachers to the labour market after causing loss of millions of jobs in the private sector and collapse of several companies.
“Here in Ekiti State, the immediate past APC government used competency test to demote many secondary school principals, vice principals and primary school head teachers, leading to sudden death of many of them. The government then tried to force the competency test on the teachers but they resisted.
“Today, students in the state are still being taught by the same teachers that the APC government said were not competent and the students were the ones whose performance gave the state first position in NECO in 2016 and 2017. The state also moved from 26 percent performance in the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination in 2014 to 36.5 percent in 2015, 42 percent in 2016 and 74.86 percent in 2017,” he stated.
Oni’s director general said: “Though, Fayose meant well with the gift, but the question is why does he have to wait till this time before giving out the cars.
“The former governors are entitled to it, it is their right and privilege, not only the car, but even residential houses, even at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Why then does he have to wait till when he has less than a year to leave the office before recognising them?
The timing to give out an SUV of about N52million at the time state, local government workers, and pensioners were being owed for several months was what we quarrel with and not the gift.”
He told the seven-man Advisory Committee, which was inaugurated at the situation office, to secure 60 percent of the electoral votes for Oni in the primary.
Oni aide said: “We cannot on our own alone achieve this feat, many good heads they say are better than few good ones. Apart from your love, loyalty and commitment to Asiwaju Olusegun Oni, we are counting on your experience, good track record of performance and your reputation in the community to which you belong.”
I Won’t be a First Lady, Says Wife of Anambra PDP Guber Candidate
Dr. Ofunne Omo Obaze, the wife of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Anambra State governorship election, has said she will not accept the title of a first lady, if her husband, Oseloka. Obaze, gets elected.
Mrs. Obaze stated this in Awka when she interacted with some journalists. While speaking, the medical doctor said she does not believe in the title of a first lady and will not run the office of the wife of the governor.
She said instead, she will continue with her profession as a medical doctor but will effectively carry out other duties as may be required of the wife of the governor.
The Assistant Professor of Pediatrics said Anambra State needs to bring on board an experienced public policy expert with a doting family and an understanding and supportive wife.
She said she is prepared to do everything within her power to elevate and complement her husband if he gets elected.
Dr. Obaze said the state deserves a governor whose wife understands her role as a wife and mother, and a person who has the requisite capacity to advise candidly without being meddlesome.
According to her, the supportive role of the wife of the governor requires a person who has a full grasp of the need for decorum and being beyond reproach, more so in the “other room”, where statecraft gains impetus from deeply reflective and unvarnished counsel.