Lere Olayinka, the Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media to the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has chosen to follow the footsteps of his master who has gained so much popularity for his inability to stomach his opinions on any national matter.
This is proved by a statement issued by Mr. Olayinka on 18th April, in which he lambasted the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Odigie Oyegun, his deputy, Segun Oni, and senior lawyer, Itse Sagay, over their comments about the $2 billion China loan with regards to Fayose’s letter to the Chinese government, describing their criticism as a “brazen display of political hypocrisy.”
He also stated that Governor Fayose’s stand on the China loan issue has been vindicated by the fact that President Buhari did not endorse any direct loan agreement with the government of China during his visit, insisting that “what Nigeria needs is the collaboration of the Government of China in the area of technology transfer, rather than granting loan that will be mismanaged under the guise of building infrastructure.”
The Governor’s spokesperson maintained that Fayose was entitled to airing his opinion about the proposed loan being a Nigerian citizen and stakeholder. He said in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti.:
“People like Oyegun, Oni and Prof. Itse Sagay lack moral rights to complain even if President Mohammadu Buhari is called whatever names because they never complained when as a sitting president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan was called unprintable names by APC stalwarts and leaders.”
“Where were the likes of Oyegun, Oni, Prof. Itse Sagay and others when APC promoted crude politics and anti-Nigeria posturing to an unprecedented level when Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power?
Mr. Lere Olayinka cited different issues on which the All Progressive Congress, APC, vehemently opposed the former ruling party, Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, recalling how they (APC), wrote a letter to the United States of America not to sell arms to Nigeria, how they also reported the country to the European Union, United Nations and went to the bizarre extent of reporting the then Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, to the International Criminal Court (ICC), for killing Boko Haram insurgents.
He further stated that:
“It is also on record that instead of lending his voice to the federal government efforts to dislodge Boko Haram insurgents, President Buhari opted to describe the clampdown on Boko Haram as injustice against the North. He went on to accuse the government of killing and destroying houses of Boko Haram insurgents while the Niger Delta militants were given special treatment by the government.
“Even when Oni was the Ekiti State Governor as a PDP member, Action Congress (AC) as APC was then, wrote against his government move to obtain a N5 billion loan. Isn’t it then funny that because he is now in APC, the same Oni is now against Governor Fayose doing the same thing done against him by the APC elements in Ekiti State?”
The governor’s spokesperson standing with his boss on the issue of the China loan finally asked, “With the $200 billion they claimed is coming from Dubai, they said $700 million raw cash was found in Diezani Alison Madueke’s house, N3 trillion said to have been saved from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and N4.5 trillion the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) said it will generate this year, what then is the rationale behind the Federal Government seeking any loan?”