Despite criticisms trailing the appointment of 72-year-old, Pa Olatunde Afolayan, as the caretaker chairman of Moba Local Government, Ekiti State, described in many quarters as illiterate, the state governor, Ayodele Fayose has maintained that the appointment is a way to appreciate such segment of the population.
Justifying the appointment, Fayose said many elected political office holders rode on the votes of illiterates and insignificant people only to forget them after assuming office.
He claimed that the vote of a professor and an illiterate is the same, hence the need for his administration to reward those that are members of his party, who are not educated and give them recognition in his government.
Afolayan, who commended the governor for the kind gesture, said his expectation was not beyond the position of a ward chairman because he had never gone to school for a day, but that does not diminish his intelligence.
“I may not be educated or certificated, but I have the experience to pilot the affairs of the council. I promise to surpass the records left behind by my predecessors to justify Governor Fayose’s assertion that local people are intelligent and visionary.”