The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Ekiti State, Mr Owoseni Ajayi, has faulted a report in the Sunday Punch of March 26, 2017 associating the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, with any form of certificate scandal.
In a letter sent to the management of the paper, Ajayi said mentioning Fayose’s name in the paper’s story with the headline “Prominent Nigerians with certificate scandals”, was a poor attempt by the paper to rewrite history, stand truth on its head and build an edifice upon nothing.
The Attorney General said the orchestrated issue of the educational qualification of Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose was laid to rest over a decade ago in the case of AD v Fayose (CA/IL/EP/GOV/1/2004) wherein the Court of Appeal dismissed every allegation or insinuation of irregularity in the educational qualifications of Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose. Suffice it to say that even at that time, the contention was whether “Oluwayose” was the same person as “Fayose” and the Appeal Court found that “Peter Ayodele Oluwayose “was one and same person as “Peter Ayodele Fayose.
“It was a mere change of name, which followed the stipulated legal processes and procedures but which mischief-makers tried to distort and capitalise upon for selfish political reasons,” Owoseni said.
“To set the records straight, we emphatically state that His Excellency, Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose is not in anyway involved or associated or connected with any form of “certificate scandals” as the public is being made to believe by Sunday Punch. At no time was the educational attainment of His Excellency called to question. The resort to associating Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose with “certificate scandals” is only a last resort by desperate politicians who are threatened by the rising profile and towering political stature of Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose.
The Ekiti AG said the paper indicted and contradicted itself after listing the governor’s name on the front page and exonerating him on page 50 by quoting The Polytechnic, Ibadan as saying that Fayose was a graduate of the institution.
He urged the paper to re-dedicate itself to the ideals of its founding fathers and refrain from sacrificing truth on the altar of sensationalism and political expediency.