The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Tuesday stunned leaders and supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, when he erroneously implored the Ekiti electorate to vote for Governor Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during this Saturday’s election holding in the state.
The minister committed this gaffe in a bid to canvass support for the party’s candidate, Kayode Fayemi, who is the immediate past Minister of Minister of Mines and Steel Development.
Fayose is not one of the 35 contestants in the July 14 governorship election, but the governor is backing his deputy, Prof. Kola Olusola, the candidate of the PDP, to succeed him.
Speaking in Pidgin English, Ngige unwittingly said Fayose, a staunch critic of APC and President Muhammadu Buhari, was the better choice.
He said, “Will it happen on Saturday? Those who want Saturday with Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) and everything to happen raise your hands.
“Mr. President and leaders of our party, the people have agreed and on Saturday, it will happen.
“We thank the leaders of our party, especially those from the South-west for forgiving Ekiti people for the mistake they made in 2014.
Ngige continued: “They won’t make that mistake again. If you marry two wives, you will know the better wife. Fayose (sic) is the better wife.
“Fayose cooks and gives her husband food. She doesn’t give him trouble. So you must bring Back Fayose on Saturday.”
At this point, the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri, who had obviously had enough was seen frantically tapping the minister’s shoulders and whispering Fayemi’s name to him.