Workers at the Federal Teaching Hospital in Ido Ekiti locked out Governor Ayodele Fayose when he attempted to enter the premises. According to The Punch, some members of staff of the hospital staged a violent protest calling for the removal of the chief medical director, Dr Majekodunmi Ayodele following the deaths of six doctors in an accident along Abuja-Kaduna road on April 24.
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Two of the doctors, Dr. Tunde Aladesanmi and Dr. Alex Akinyele, were staff of the hospital. It was reported that Fayose had met all medical and non-medical workers; traditional rulers and the chief medical director at the Government House where he pleaded with parties to sheathe allow peace to reign. On Wednesday, May 11 however, the protest got very serious as protesters barricaded the highways and carried three mock coffins of Ayodele with the inscription “R.I.P. Dr Majekodunmi Ayodele.” Governor Fayose rushed to the hospital but was barred from gaining access into the premise as the gate had been blocked with a vehicle.
Traditional rulers who had also come to arrest the situation were forced to leave when they were prevented from entering the compound Fayose was forced to address the angry workers outside the compound and called for calm. “I’m not here for Ayodele. I’m here for you. This is a federal hospital. As much as you don’t want him again. I support you.
I want to thank you for your patience, but we have to remember that we have no other place than Ekiti State and we should ensure that hooligans don’t hijack this protest from us. What you are doing today goes to show that the people’s power is greater than those in power. “The death of our six doctors is still fresh in our memories, so we cannot afford to lose other lives. It is so unfortunate that the actions and inactions of Dr Ayodele has led us to this level and deprive many Ekiti indigenes the needed medical services. “If it is in advanced clime or advanced democracy or if I were Dr. Ayodele, I will resign. I held a meeting with the management on Tuesday, May 10, where I told the CMD that he has not done well for this state and the hospital in the way he manages the affairs of this institution. Nobody can give kudos to him with the way he has run this place.
“Dr Ayodele cannot be bigger than this institution. There was a rumour that I brought him here to resume office, this is not true. I cannot identify with him under this circumstance. I want to tell you staff that you have a good case. One man cannot be greater than you, but you need to be careful. “I will write my own report before the end of today(Wednesday) and send to Abuja on the need for the federal government through the Ministry of Health to make a change in this hospital by withdrawing the appointment of Dr Ayodele with immediate effect. I will tell them, that the CMD can no longer enjoy your confidence. “Federal Government must not treat my request as opposition voice.
Let me put on record that the FG will be held responsible if anything happens. “But as you stage this protest, I want to plead that you allow patients who need medical care to be treated here in the interest of our well being.”