Teachers in Ekiti State on Thursday reacted to a statement credited to the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as regards their choice candidate in the last governorship election in the state stating that they had “no regret for voting massively against ex-governor Kayode Fayemi in the June 21, 2014 governorship election in the state.”
The teachers, under the umbrella of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Ekiti State Wing, said its members in the state had “every reason to vote against Fayemi for allegedly introducing anti-teachers policies during his reign.”
The NUT was reacting to statement by the APC in the state, which was based on a programme aired in Akure, on an Ondo State-based radio station, where some teachers phoned in to apologise to former Governor Fayemi, who featured on the live programme, on behalf of members of NUT.
The APC in the statement signed by its publicity secretary in Ekiti State, Mr Taiwo Olatunbosun, claimed that the teachers apologised to Fayemi, having now spotted the difference between the former governor and the incumbent, Mr Ayodele Fayose; and said their “apology has been accepted.”
The Ekiti NUT, however, in a statement by its Chairman, Mr Samuel Akosile, described those who rendered the apologies as “Fayemi’s apologists and not members of our union.”
Akosile advised the former Governor to refrain from dragging the body into politics, saying “inasmuch as we do not want to be dragged into politics because we are civil servants and unionists, we feel constrained to ask Governor Fayemi and his apologists that, who deserves apology, Fayemi or Ekiti teachers in this matter?
Akosile described the statement credited to APC commending the teachers for showing remorse and tendered apologies as “uncalled for,” saying teachers had “not been subjected to any dehumanisation under Fayose” to warrant any lamentation by his members.
Meanwhile, Governor Fayose has promised to provide 20 new patrol vehicles, Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and other items for the state police command in preparation for February general elections and to tackle insecurity.
According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, the governor said in as much as it was imperative of his administration to make Ekiti State a crime free state, he would always support the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in tackling the security challenges in the state.