Ekiti 2018: Fayose, Ojudu at war over erection of billboards
By Sarafa Ibrahim
Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose and Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, on Tuesday night engaged each other in war of words over the erection of campaign billboards ahead of gubernatorial elections holding in the state in July.
Ojudu, who is a governorship aspirant under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) was said to have erected his campaign billboards at Ado-Ekiti, the state capital before they were being pulled down by the state government over alleged failure to pay the required fee.
The duo, who took to their Twitter social media platforms talked tough when expressing various views and this generated a lot of reactions among supporters of the two politicians.
Ojudu camp took swipe at the actions of the state government, accusing Fayose of an attempt to muzzle opposition in the state.
Fayose, however, lashed at the former senator, saying Ojudu should have been arrested for erecting the billboards, which according to him, were done illegally, as he (Ojudu) didn’t pay the necessary due for it.
He tweeted, “In saner climes, Ojudu will be arrested for erecting billboards without approval of the Signage Agency and payment of necessary fees.”
In a swift reaction, Ojudu who was mentioned in Fayose’s tweets, fired back at the governor, accusing him of committing similar act when he flooded Abuja, the nation’s capital, with his (Fayose) presidential campaign posters few months earlier.
Ojudu wondered why Ekiti state governor would accuse him of the same offence he committed when he flooded Abuja with presidential campaign posters, challenging Fayose to present evidence of payment to the authorities in Abuja for his campaign posters and those of “his surrogate littering the whole of Ekiti.”
“Just the way you should have been arrested when you pasted posters in Abuja announcing your jaded ambition to be president. How much did you pay to the Abuja authorities?” the presidential aide queried Fayose.
He added, “Please tell the world how much you have paid for your surrogate posters littering the whole of Ekiti.”
Before the tweet spat, both men have been at loggerheads over irreconcilable political differences.
This happened when Ojudu declared that he has resolved to probe Fayose when he becomes governor.
Also, their fierce political battle could be traced to 2011 when both men contested for senatorial seat but the result of the election was declared in favour of Ojudu, who represented the district for four years.