By Olusegun Emmanuel, Abuja.
Four weeks after losing the Ekiti Gubernatorial election to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Mr. Ayo Fayose, incumbent Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said in Abuja that the choice of the PDP candidate amounts to throwing intellect into dustbin.
Fayemi stated this while speaking at the at Parliamentary Excellence Award presentation to some Senators organized by the Senate Press Corps.
According to him, intellect is not reckoned with in Nigeria now but grassroots posturing, a situation that made anybody seen to be an intellectual to be considered as an elite that must be thrown into the dustbin.
He said: ” I know that intellect is not supposed to be popular in our country now. What counts to be popularity is what I hear is grassroot. If you are an intellectual, you are perceived to be an elite and an elite is what should be thrown into the dustbin, not to be associated with.
He went further to congratulate all the Senators Given the award and commended the Senate Press Corp that honored them, saying , the Press, the Senate and the House of Representatives may well be the last hope of the already undermined Democracy in Nigeria if they will not chicken out.
In his words,”Even as a very keen and detached interested observer of the senate, I always stand very tall every time I listen to my own senator, my own representative in the senate speak, and I also, always notice that the senate is always, really silent, every time senator Olubunmi Adetunbi is on his feet because he never speak from the partisan point of view. He comes, prepares with facts, figures and with conviction.”
” We are very proud of him in Ekiti because he continues to represent the future really that we aspire to.”
“I am here primarily, singularly to pay homage to service, intellect and activism. Although I came for my friend but looking at the array of people being honored this evening, I happen to know many of them and they are people I respect a lot beyond partisanship, they have demonstrated what it is to be committed to humanity.”