Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
As the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, at the weekend threatened that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will use every power to capture Ekiti State in the July 14 election, the Deputy Governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola, has described the comment as an empty boast.
The Director General of Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation, Mr. Bisi Kolawole, said his party would prefer the emergence of Fayemi as flagbearer of the APC, saying this will make the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) more resounding.
Fayemi had while declaring interest in the governorship seat said : â€œAPC will use local, state and federal might to reclaim Ekiti from a set of brigands presiding over it and running the state like a personal estateâ€.
Kolawole, who is the Commissioner for Environment, said Fayemiâ€™s emergence would ease the task of retaining Ekiti by the PDP.
Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti yesterday, he boasted that the APC will suffer another humiliating defeat should it field the minister on the forthcoming poll.
â€œThis is somebody who held the dog with his two hands and he allowed the dog to escape. And he is now making noise. The truth of the matte is that Fayemi is a loser and ingrate. He was packaged for the people of Ekiti and the people have rejected him.
â€œFayemi came in as an inexperienced fellow and he betrayed all those who assisted him to be governor .He is just blabbing and seeking attention. But let me say if the APC is so unfortunate to have Fayemi as its flagbearer, I can bet you the party would go into extinction in Ekiti â€œ.
â€œWith his declaration, Fayemi had embarked on his last political journey to perdition for that matter .When you listen to him carefully, he tried to imitate the governor and he did that wrongly. If you want to imitate you do it correctly. You will recall that it was Fayose who first issued a red card to APC.â€
â€œWe in PDP donâ€™t take him serious because we have our people on ground and if anybody thinks there is a federal might somewhere, the person must be deluding himself â€œ.
â€œFayemi has much baggage and he remains barred from holding public offices. He canâ€™t spring any surprise any longer. Even when he declared, how many commissioners or other members of his cabinet followed him?
On the gale of defection rocking PDP in Ekiti, Kolawole said it was a product of an alleged inordinate ambition of some former members.
â€œThose leaving PDP are Abuja politicians who donâ€™t want to agree that there is a new leadership in PDP. But as they are leaving, other people are coming in. We are even happy that they left because they have been making concrete resolution difficult in PDPâ€.
On whether the non -payment of salaries could affect the chances of the party, Kolawole said the workers are enlightened and reasonable.
â€œThey know that governor meant well for them. He would not do anything to denigrate them or intimidate them. The governor has promised to clear all the backlogs before expiration of his tenure â€œ, he said.