Ekiti APC, PDP trade words over airport project
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state on Sunday engaged each other in verbal invectives over the ongoing construction of agro-allied cargo airport in the state.
It could be recall that, the Governor of state, Dr Kayode on Friday laid the foundation for the Ekiti Airport, signalling the commencement of work on the site of the project located along Ado/Ijan road in the state capital.
The PDP in its own through a release signed by its Chairman, Bar Gboyega Oguntuase, said the airport project was not necessary in the state at the moment, describing it as a ‘silly approach’ to transform the state economy, saying “Governor Fayemi is not just insensitive but cruelly demonstrating curable ignorance of the reality of the yearnings of Ekiti people”.
But in a response, the ruling APC, through the state Publicity Secretary, Ade Ajayi, said the criticism was a “display of viciousness and ignorance”, adding that the opposition party was allergic to the growth and development of the state.
The PDP State stated that such insensitive idea amidst excruciating and hardship economic occasioned by the alleged incompetence of Fayemi-led administration was outrightly ill-conceived and anti- people.
Oguntuase said the airport project is not the immediate need of the primitive economic realities of the state, but rather a fundamental transformation of Ekiti economic life, that would address the prevailing vicious poverty and attendant social vices perverting the state.
The APC said the opposition party should bury its heads in shame for deliberately plaguing the state into unnecessary quagmire occasioned by the “obnoxious and demagogary policies” of the immediate past governor Ayodele Fayose.
Ajayi said Governor Fayemi-led administration will not be distracted by the ranting of a group of confused and mischievous persons but rather concentrate his nerve on how to positively change the economic fortune of the state.
The opposition party responded that instead Fayemi investing the meagre federal allocation available to the state on ‘utopian airport’, that he should look inward and initiate people-oriented project that could have multiplier effects on the economic life of the masses.
Oguntuase said the airport was a fraudulent ploy by Governor fayemi to milk-dry the state and siphon billions of naira into his private pocket to prosecute his 2023 presidential ambition.