The Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) has berated Governor Ayodele Fayose for allegedly humiliating the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe Aladesanmi.
The monarch, in a video clip, urged the governor to carry residents along in the demolition of buildings.
Fayose fired back in rage, saying nobody could stop him from the demolition.
The demolition has rendered hundreds of residents homeless and forced many to relocate elsewhere.
In a statement yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the capital, by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, APC criticised Fayose using “uncouth language” on the frontline monarch.
The party listed instances where the governor allegedly treated monarchs with disrespect.
It noted that the incident is not the first in which Fayose scoffed at the office of traditional rulers.
The statement said: “Fayose, during his first term, assaulted this same Ewi of Ado-Ekiti publicly when he asked the monarch to hang his crown to mount the soapbox to campaign for Ekiti governorship election, simply because the monarch did not support his anti-people policies and his reckless attacks on eminent Ekiti indigenes.”
The party noted that the governor’s disrespect for Ekiti monarchs contributed to the fall of his administration in 2006.
Faulting Fayose for demolishing homes of Ado-Ekiti residents without prior notice while paying pittance to victims, APC said the governor was insincere in his assertion that the demolition was imperative to make Ado-Ekiti a befitting capital.
It said: “All the grandstanding and rhetoric that the demolition is necessary to give Ado-Ekiti a facelift as the state capital is a fluke.
“The truth is that house demolition is a viable business opportunity for the governor, after facts have emerged that those Fayose has so far paid for losing their homes got a small fraction of the figures the governor quoted for compensation from the Federal Government as refund for the flyover project.
“For instance, reports have indicated that Fayose allegedly put the compensation responsibility on the contractors (of the flyover project), who are his friends from Ibadan, to pay the victims for losing their homes, whereas the money received by victims is just a small fraction of what was allegedly computed by the contractors to the Federal Government for reimbursement.
“Ekiti people need to ask themselves whether or not it is politically wise for a politician like Fayose to be demolishing the homes of voters in an election year without prior notice and satisfactory compensation plan.
“Like Fayose threatened while harassing the monarch in his palace, he will continue to demolish more houses because that is a good business for him to make money as he prepares to serve out his term on October 16, 2018.”
APC urged the governor to stop desecrating the palace, adding that royal fathers represent the spiritual authority of the people for peace and development.