The governor of Ekiti state, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said he goes to drinking joints (popularly known as beer parlours) to get closer to the ‘common man’ in the state.
He said this while speaking to journalists yesterday (Thursday, October 30) in Abuja, adding that ‘governance is not church’, and that the idea of stomach infrastructure meant more than sharing of food and money to the people.
In his words: “I go to beer parlour on Fridays to stay with the common men there. Governance is not church; it is about diverse characters and you must relate with them as such. Christmas is coming, why do people go out of their ways to be shopping or doing other things if it is not just to make people merry? So, I’m grooming chicken, buying rice, yams, plantain, and the rest of them. I am sure if I give them to families during the festive period, they will be happy. So, stomach infrastructure is a way of life. So, my style, without apology, is that stomach infrastructure is a way of life for me. I will relate well with my people to alleviate poverty and hunger. That is not to condemn or fight anybody. But I have another instance, the University of Ado Ekiti has most of its courses yet to be accredited and they needed about N800m to sort out those problems : will the governor be living in affluence when the whole state is in darkness? I am an experienced governor and I know the game. Very soon, my House of Assembly will be together, working to hit the ground running; they want to work with me and I want to work with them.”