Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola, Ado-Ekiti
Barely 24 hours after he escaped death when his Mercedes Benz G-Class Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) caught fire on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway in Lagos, Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose yesterday declined comments on circumstances leading to the blaze.
The governor also said he had abandoned his office for over one year because the “office of the governor is in the streets”.
Fayose canvassed support for his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, who he adopted as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the July 14, 2018, governorship election.
The governor urged residents not to refer to him as “deputy governor” again but “our governor tomorrow”.
The drama took place at the Government House Pavilion in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, where 11 communities got cheques of N94 million to execute projects under Ekiti State Community Development Agency (EKSCDA), a World Bank-assisted programme.
Reporters, who saw the governor’s presence as an opportunity for him to speak on the burnt SUV, met a brick wall.
Fayose interrupted the reporter, who asked the question, saying: “I don’t want to comment on that.”
The governor reportedly escaped into another car in his convoy when the Mercedes Benz G-Class SUV mysteriously erupted in flames at 1.30 pm on Wednesday.
The carcass of the vehicle was towed away by officials of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).
Fayose handed over the task of distributing cheques to Olusola, saying: “I am handing over the conduct of this ceremony to my deputy because you are already elected, you are already the governor.
“Ekiti people don’t want a governor they won’t see. For the past one year, I have not entered that office because the office of the governor is in the streets and a governor’s prestige should not be higher than his people.”