A few days after he won the Ondo State Governorship election, the Ondo State Governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) is now being pressured by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi to appoint his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi as Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to compensate for the N1 billion he contributed to his (Akeredolu) election.
Fayemi’s wife is from Ilaramokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, which is in the Central Senatorial District that is favoured to produce the (SSG). The SSG position, sources disclosed is to serve as a stepping stone for Fayemi’s wife who is said to be interested in the Ondo Central Senatorial seat in 2019.
It will be recalled that sometimes ago, Bisi Fayemi donated three trailers of rice to Akeredolu’s campaign in her bid to get the SSG slot. Recall also that Fayemi allegedly donated N1.5 billion to the campaign fund of President Mohammadu Buhari, which many believed qualified him for the ministerial appointment that he got.
Sources said four trailers of rice and other food items were donated to the Ekiti State APC by Dangote Foundation, but Fayemi’s wife got two trailers diverted to Ondo State and handed to Akeredolu.
“The financial support her husband, Dr. Kayode Fayemi gave to our governor-elect Rotimi Akeredolu to the tune of N1 billion during our governorship election is appreciated but cannot buy her the SSG slot because we doubt if her voter’s card registration was done in this state, or transferred here before the election,” a concerned member of the APC said.
Another member of the party, who craved anonymity expressed gratitude to Fayemi on his efforts toward ensuring the emergence of Akeredolu at the poll, but maintained that the
Minister should avoid anything that may truncate the brotherly relationship that exists between him and the governor-elect, owing to the fact that Ondo State people will not allow Akeredolu to appoint Bisi Fayemi as the Secretary to the State Government under any guise.
He said; “Ondo State people are aware of the ignoble roles played by Erelu Bisi Fayemi when her husband was Ekiti State governor, to the extent that she was attending night club at a popular hotel along Iworoko Road, Ado Ekiti. Her attitude and character contributed to the hatred of her husband by Ekiti people.
“Therefore, she is someone our in-coming governor must not touch even with long pole. If Fayemi wants compensation, he should have friends that are from Ondo State. He can present them for political appointments.”