The Kayode Fayemi Organisation has advised the candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 21st June governorship election in Ekiti State, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, to stop spreading lies in a desperate attempt to win over the Ekiti electorate who are far more informed than he assumes they are.
The LP candidate had during his campaign rally in Ifaki-Ekiti on Monday, 2nd June, 2014, promised to reverse the merger of the University of Science and Technology in the town with two other state-owned universities if elected governor.
In a statement on Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014, the Fayemi Campaign Organisation said it was laughable that both the candidate of the LP and the PDP have now turned the university merger into an object of lies with which they are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the enlightened Ekiti electorate.
According to the spokesperson of the organisation, Dimeji Daniels, who signed the statement, the decision to merge the university was not unilateral, but a product of painstaking deliberations at an education summit peopled by eggheads of the state origin such as the late Professor Sam Aluko, Professor Akin Oyebode and other eminent educationists who are very knowlegeable in the management of university education.
Daniels added that the merger of the universities had brought a new lease of life to Ekiti State University (EKSU) which now ranks 17 in the webometic ranking of universities as against its earlier ranking of 79.
According to Daniels, the confusion about which of the three universities to give the Tertiary Education Fund (TETFUND) to was only laid to rest after the merger.
“The ability of the Ekiti State University (EKSU) to access the TETFUND, coupled with the capital grants it receives from the State Government, has enabled it to build new structures, thereby sky-rocketing the institution from a hitherto glorified secondary school to a world class university.”
Daniels said it was out of sheer desperation that Bamidele who as a member of the defunct ACN was part of the decision-making process could turn around now to ridicule same on the alter of desperate politicking.
He chided Bamidele for his promise to revive the AM radio station in Ifaki, adding that AM radio is no longer in vogue and that Governor Kayode Fayemi had already promised to upgrade the station to an FM radio station.
Advising Bamidele to stop acting like an expert on matters he is ignorant of, the spokesperson of the Fayemi administration said the LP candidate while a commissioner in Lagos State with far greater revenue and allocation than Ekiti State never criticised the state for having only one university.
He said it was unbecoming of a governorship candidate to resort to lies in a bid to win votes.