The Ekiti State House of Assembly has described the remarks by former Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Bode Olowoporoku, that the House has only one university graduate as member as not only spurious, but one that came from the mouth of an expired politician like the former Second Republic minister.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Pastor) Kola Oluwawole, the Assembly said Olowoporoku, despite his academic prowess, was only known for rebellion and formenting trouble.
Oluwawole, in the statement signed by his Special Assistant (Media), Stephen Gbadamosi, said the former senator had been confined to the dustbin of history in the state’s political firmament and that he was only seeking relevance.
“While we are not conceding to the thoughtless statement, let us assume it is true; how can there be only one graduate in an Assembly where you have a medical doctor, two seasoned journalists, a cleric, retired top civil servants, among others.
“The beauty of democracy is that these so-called illiterates were voted into office by the people of the state who had earlier rejected people like Olowoporoku.
“The same people recently took the invasion of their offices and the detention of a colleague to the court of public opinion and they impressed all. Olowoporoku never found his voice then. He is broke and he is a spent force. Olowoporoku is a rebel and he was among those who created the political chaos in 1983 in the old Ondo State.
“Those who know his background know that his sanity is questionable. Senility has already set in for him, but we don’t want to help wash his dirty linen in public. He has spent his life in rebellion.
“The Assembly members he is castigating were voted into office by the people of Ekiti State, the same people who rejected him. He is probably broke and looking for relevance as well as somebody who will grease his palms,” the statement read.
The Speaker added that no amount of distraction would make supporters of Ayo Fayose to dump him, saying “he is a God’s project that no human can truncate. The authority of all elected officials, including Fayose, is from God Almighty. If Olowoporoku still wants to contest in an election at over 80 years, or he is sponsoring his son, he is welcome. We think he needs attention and he will get none.”