Former Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose
Former Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, Monday warned some members of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to desist from campaign of calumny against his person and other notable politicians in the state.
But ACN’s Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Tai Oguntayo, said it was wrong for Fayose to allege that ACN was behind his present problem, when he was already having a running battle with members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state over his ambition.
A statement by the Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation (AFCO) and signed by its Director of Publicity and Research, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, called on security agents to dig deep and unravel those behind the pasting of derogatory posters concerning him and a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, across major towns in the state.
“Two days before Opeyemi Bamidele’s poster surfaced in major towns across the state, campaign posters of His Excellency, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, purporting that he wanted to contest on the banner of Labour Party (LP) littered the whole state. This, to us, is an act of cowardice, as the posters were pasted in the night.
“When Fayose wanted to contest election on the platform of the LP in 2011, he did not hide anything. When he came back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and was to hold a thanksgiving service and be formally welcomed to the PDP, he pasted his poster in the daytime for all to see.
“Now that he is seeking the ticket of the biggest party in Africa to contest the 2014 governorship election, he did not paste his posters at night. In fact, records show that it was the ACN that sent its supporters out to attack those helping to paste his posters. Those that were arrested are still in court facing criminal charges.
“Opeyemi Bamidele said he knew those behind the pasting of his posters and we are sure the culprits are within the ACN, as keen followers of events in the political circle in Ekiti State know that all has not been well with the party since the 2011 general elections. We know the roles some people in Kayode Fayemi’s government are playing to whittle down his political influence, as theirs has been on the slide because of their actions and inactions.
Meanwhile, Oguntayo has said rather than accusing other parties for his ordeal, he should look inward within the PDP, saying ACN had much to do for the people of the state than pasting of posters.
While noting that the ACN had no problem with Bamidele, who is a member of the party and who had not declared that he had defected from the party, Oguntayo urged Fayose to reconcile with his party, which according to him has not accepted him back into the party.
“Ekiti people by now have known the pretenders calling themselves vanguards of democracy. They have nothing to offer and their stock in trade is cheap blackmail and propaganda,” the statement stated.
The organisation added that the ACN, knowing that its days in Ekiti were numbered, was ready to hold on to straw even when drowning in the ocean.
“Ekiti people would no longer allow these politicians full of deceit to play any further pranks on them. Come 2014, they will show them the exit door from the Government House in Ado-Ekiti. If the ACN could do this to Opeyemi who is of their own, it shouldn’t sound funny what it has done to Fayose,” the statement added.
The organisation, therefore, called on security agents to be on the alert, as the Fayemi-led administration and his party have shown their intolerance for opposition, despite the fact that real politicking had not started.