Ekiti Governorship Poll: Adeyeye’s Exit Won’t Affect PDP’s Chances, Fayose Boasts

*Banker picks SDP ticket
By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has said the threat by the former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye,  to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not affect the party in the July 14 governorship poll.
The governor said he was not willing to join issues with  Adeyeye on why he lost the May 8 governorship primary.
In the primary, Fayose’s Deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola, defeated the former minister to emerge the candidate, following which Adeyeye resigned his membership of the PDP.
Quoting Fayose, his Chief Press Secretary,  Mr Idowu Adelusi, said if Adeyeye was sure of what he said about the credibility of the election,  he knows where to go.
“I am not bothered by what he is saying because I am expecting that from him. Perhaps, he has forgotten that power and grace comes from God only and He gives it to whoever He wants at any point in time.
“I  cooperated with the leadership of the party to ensure transparency and he,  Adeyeye attested to the credibility of the primary. No sitting governor will do what I have done.
“I won’t join issues with him. He knows where to take the allegations to for investigation. You that alleged must prove it.”
Meanwhile, Social Democratic Party (SDP) Ekiti State chapter Friday held its governorship primary election across the 177 wards in the state to pick its governorship candidate.
The winner of the election which was based on Option A4 direct primary, Mr Akinloye Ayegbusi, polled 16,921 to defeat his closest rival, Ambassador Dare Bejide who polled 14,783, while Olamide Oni (Oni Atiba) polled 4, 258 to come third.
The final collation and declaration of results took place at MC Event Centre, Poly Road, Ado Ekiti. The result was announced at 3 pm Friday.
Meanwhile, the SDP has denied allegation that the election was rigged in favour of the winner of the poll.
One of the aspirants was said to have accused Adeniran of compromising the election in favour of the winner of the poll.
But reacting to the report that an aspirant of the party who lost the election has accused Professor Tunde Adeniran of rigging him out of the contest, a member of the National Working Committee, Mr Yemi Akinbode, said that nothing could be farther from the truth.
He said the former minister of Education was the symbol of a new political order and therefore cannot be associated with rigging of any election.