Fuel Crisis Update: Faparusi Chides Ekiti Govr ..Aregbesola Invites Me, Fayose explains
|A governorship aspirant and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Hon. Bamidele Faparusi, has described as shameful and belittling, the action of Governor Ayodele Fayose for taking the three weeks fuel crisis in Ekiti to Osun State for resolution.|
The APC chieftain in a statement issued on the suspension of the three weeks old strike declared by oil dealers said the singular action of the governor has eroded the pride of Ekiti as a federating state in Nigeria and vividly confirmed that the governor is grossly incompetent and intellectually hollow to lead highly sophisticated people of the State.
Meanwhile, the governor has corrected this impression of the opposition during his prgramme, “Mr. Governor Explains” when he disclosed that “my relationship with governor Aregbesola is cordial, far beyond PDP/APC. He called me on Thursday and asked if I could meet wih him in Oshogbo on Sunday. What is important is that the matter has been resolved and we have been able to reach an agreement.
Fayose further stated that “Governor Aregbesola personally called Alhaji Akinbami to apologise, the man whose filling station caused the problem has apologised, it is not a fight to finish”.
It will be recalled that Oil dealers, under the auspices of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), had three weeks ago declared industrial action to repel government’s policy to demolish petrol stations erected within residential areas.
Sequel to the lingering nature of the bedlam, the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, had on Sunday summoned a meeting between Fayose and oil dealers to far away Osogbo, where the imbroglio was resolved amicably with each party soft-pedaling on their earlier hard postures.
But reacting to the scenario, Faparusi , former member of the House of Representatives added that taking the issue out of the shores of Ekiti for resolution had brought a question mark on Fayose’s competence to govern Ekiti.
He added that it was also unfathomable and morally reprehensible for the governor to be declaring support for black marketers and operators of illicit businesses, describing this as a criminal offence.
The APC chieftain said the state had witnessed more complicated situations under the preceding governments of DrKayodeFayemi, Niyi Adebayo and Segun Oni and such problems were treated as a family affair deploying internal mechanisms for resolution, rather than exploring the services of external mediators.
“But Governor Fayose didn’t allow the interventions of our traditional rulers, Council of Ekiti Elders and other stakeholders to yield fruits before rushing to Osun State for succor. This conveyed a message of disrespect to our statesmen who took time to ensure that the crisis abates.
“Governor Fayose had earlier expressed recalcitrant posture to the resolution of this crisis by saying that he won’t dialogue with oil dealers. This is the same man who condemned President MuhammaduBuhari for not engaging the IPOB leader, NnamdiKanu and the Niger Delta Militants in dialogues. These groups had been pushing for secession at different times and flouting the constitution.
“What had prevented a governor who condemned a President for not dialoguing with rebels from engaging oil dealers, who posed no threat to Ekiti and who were merely doing their legitimate businesses in round table talks? All these were clear indications that Governor Fayose is hypocritical”., he said.
“Must Fayose wait till this disgraceful stage before swallowing his ego and succumb to good reasoning and common sense?”, he asked. He saluted the oil marketers for their steadfastness in their struggle to protect their investments and jobs of hundreds of Ekiti residents, which Fayose’sadministration was lukewarm to protect.
Governor Fayose commended the people of Ekiti State for their patience and love for standing by the decision “to stand on our feet for the good of Ekiti”. He also commended the outlawed black marketers who took to the street selling petrol in jerrycans while the crisis lasted. “I appreciate all members of Oshoko Filling Stations, the street, I can't thank you enough, gbogboomoIgboromo dupe for your support,I can't thank you enough” the governor said.