By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti
All Progressive Congress'(APC) stakeholders in Ekiti State on Sunday expressed fear the occasion could undergo worse defeat in in 2022 governorship ballot with the alleged impunity and highandness of Governor Kayode Fayemi.
The involved leaders underneath the auspices of the Ekiti APC Stakeholders Discussion board, stated the recognition of the ruling occasion on the ward, native and state ranges has continued to say no resulting from alleged Fayemi’s underperformance and dictatorial tendencies.
The stakeholders, in a press release on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, accused the Governor of ostracising occasion executives and victimising critics of his authorities by means of his alleged surrogate Omotosho-led State Working Committee.
Signatories to the assertion embody Former Minister of Works, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye; a presidential aide, Senator Babafemi Ojudu; Senator Tony Adeniyi; former Federal lawmakers Oyetunde Ojo, Bimbo Daramola and Robinson Ajiboye in addition to former Speaker, Hon. Adewale Omirin and eight others.
The leaders known as on the newly-inaugurated Governor Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee of the occasion to intervene and warning Fayemi in opposition to the alleged use of occasion machineries to punish members by way of unlawful suspension and alienation from occasion’s actions.
Within the assertion entitled: ‘Time to take a stand,’ the leaders applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for spearheading dissolution of the Nationwide Working Committee and the inauguration of the Governor Buni ‘s caretaker committee to convey some calmness into the occasion.
They listed Senators Adeniyi and Ojudu, Bimbo Daramola, Oyetunde Ojo, Bunmi Ogunleye, Ben Oguntuase, Dele Afolabi and Diran Fadipe as amongst people who had both been “unjustly” suspended or at varied levels of suspension of their respective wards.
They stated: “This gratifying growth has knowledgeable the necessity to convey to the eye of the newly constituted committee our issues concerning the unlucky drift of our occasion in Ekiti State. Before now, we we have now communicated the scenario effusively to the dissolved NWC.
“As this new physique units about resetting the way forward for our occasion, it has grow to be crucial to acquaint the management with developments in Ekiti State.
The time has come to convey to the fore the developments within the state and the political realities in our occasion”.
The leaders posited that the victory they recorded within the Ekiti 2018 governorship election was not solely by means of the Governor’s efforts, slightly by all occasion individuals who labored so laborious to safe the feat.
They advocated for the dissolution of the APC state executives throughout all strata, saying their lists had been allegedly compiled by means of undemocratic means by the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Funding, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Governor Fayemi.
“This travesty was dedicated intentionally to fully ostracise individuals out of the occasion actions and at present that’s what has grow to be the rule and never the exemption.
“In virtually two years, the occasion had not convened any political assembly of stakeholders, no new membership drive , no political exercise in anyway to rev up and consolidate the place and presence of the occasion within the state since inception of this administration until date., As a substitute of progress, the membership of the occasion is dwindling by the day.
“As we speak, any member who expresses a opposite view is seen as a dissident that have to be harassed and intimidated, however the standing, stature, profile , fame and above all contributions of such particular person
“The State, Native Authorities and Ward executives, who see the Governor as their benefactors capitulate underneath such threats of removing and denial of patronage to hold out the marching orders to droop occasion members with out recourse to structure , simply to please their masters, besides in Senator Babafemi Ojudu’s Ward the place the chairman stood his floor to not oblige such a perfidious request”, they added.
In a swift response, the ruling APC State Publicity Secretary, Hon. Ade Ajayi, urged the aggrieved members to re-examine themselves, saying Fayemi was not meddling within the occasion’s operations.
Ajayi stated: “They had been solely partaking in blackmail, as a result of they knew that these suspended took the occasion to courtroom and it’s expulsion if the regulation is to be adopted to the letters.
“We benefit from the freedom to run the occasion with out Governor Fayemi’s interference. However it’s unhappy that Senators Ojudu, Adeniyi, Adeyeye, Hons Ojo and Daramola who had been abusing Fayemi all owed their victories to the Nationwide Meeting to the governor’s assist.
“They need to re-examine themselves and see the place they obtained it improper. Allow them to inform us one ward the place Governor Fayemi teleguided the executives to droop anybody? These are mere blackmail”, he posited.
On the accusation of underperformance leveled in opposition to Fayemi, Ajayi retorted: “They’re strangers in Ekiti, as a result of they haven’t been coming house. If they arrive round, they may see what our authorities has finished and Ekiti individuals are blissful”.