18th August, 2010
The Chairman, Ekiti West Local Government Council, Mr. Gbenga Ogunleye, has described comments making the rounds on the murder of Mr. Kunle Ayaga in Ilawe Ekiti last week, as uncharitable and mischievous.
He said Ayaga, who was a civil servant until his death, could not have, at the same time, been a House of Assembly aspirant under any political party.
The council boss, in a statement on Monday, urged opposition politicians in the state to desist from playing dirty politics with the misfortune of Ayagaâ€™s family and the people of Ilawe Ekiti.
â€œIt is wrong, mischievous, self-serving and wicked for the murder of someone who was until his death, a local government employee in the state, to be given a political coloration.
â€œI am baffled by the kind of politics that we play in this state. Ayaga was an employee of Ekiti West Local Government until three weeks ago, when he was transferred to Moba Local Government.
â€œThe last salary he received was paid by my local government, how then do you describe such a person as a card-carrying member of a political party, not to talk of being an aspirant?
â€œI am not a civil servant, but I know that civil servants are barred from even belonging to any political party not to talk of being an aspirant.
â€œBut one is not amused by antics like this from the ACN. They did same when one Ahmed, who was returning from his farm, was killed by a stray bullet in Oye Ekiti during the build-up to the rerun governorship election. They quickly took a full page advertorial in newspapers, claiming that the said Ahmed was their party member.
â€œToday, it is a civil servant they are laying claim to and I just pray that they wonâ€™t be jeopardising Ayaga familyâ€™s chance of getting whatever entitlements that might be due to him as a civil servant,â€ he stated, while calling on the police to make sure that the policemen alleged to be responsible for the killing of Ayaga were made to face the full wrath of the law.
â€œWe are pained by Ayagaâ€™s sudden death and if you have been listening to the radio, you must have heard the announcements sponsored by the National Union of Local Government Employees, Ekiti West Local Government chapter.
â€œWe mourn him and we can only continue to pray for the repose of his soul and that God should console the family and give them the fortitude to bear the loss,â€ Ogunleye said.