Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti
THE All Progressives Congress’ (APC’s) stakeholders in Ekiti State on Sunday expressed fear that the social gathering may endure worse defeat within the subsequent governorship election in 2022, with the alleged impunity and highhandness being displayed by Governor Kayode Fayemi.
The involved social gathering leaders underneath the auspices of the Ekiti APC Stakeholders Discussion board stated the hovering recognition of the ruling social gathering on the ward, native and state ranges had waned following Fayemi’s alleged underperformance and dictatorial tendencies.
The stakeholders, in an announcement on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, accused the governor of ostracising social gathering executives and victimising critics of his authorities via his alleged surrogate Omotosho-led State Working Committee.
Signatories to the assertion embrace 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 Ekiti State Meeting Speaker Adewale Omirin and eight others.
The leaders urged the newly-inaugurated Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Committee to intervene and warning Fayemi towards the alleged use of social gathering machineries to punish members through unlawful suspension and alienation from social gathering’s actions.
Within the assertion titled: ‘Time to Take a Stand’, the leaders hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for spearheading the dissolution of the Nationwide Working Committee and the inauguration of the Governor Buni ‘s Caretaker Committee to deliver some calmness into the social gathering.
They listed Senators Adeniyi and Ojudu, Bimbo Daramola, Oyetunde Ojo, Bunmi Ogunleye, Ben Oguntuase, Dele Afolabi and Diran Fadipe as amongst those who had both been “unjustly” suspended or at numerous levels of suspension of their wards.
They stated: “This gratifying improvement has knowledgeable the necessity to deliver to the eye of the newly constituted committee our considerations concerning the unlucky drift of our social gathering in Ekiti State. Before now, we had communicated the state of affairs effusively to the dissolved NWC.
“As this new physique units about resetting the way forward for our social gathering, it has change into crucial to acquaint the management with developments in Ekiti State. The time has come to deliver to the fore the developments within the state and the political realities in our social gathering”.
The leaders stated that the victory they recorded within the Ekiti 2018 governorship election was not solely via the governor’s efforts, moderately by all social gathering members who labored so laborious to safe the feat.
They advocated the dissolution of the APC state executives throughout all strata, saying their lists had been allegedly compiled via undemocratic means by the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Funding, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Governor Fayemi.
“This travesty was dedicated intentionally to fully ostracise folks from the social gathering actions and in the present day that’s what has change into the rule and never the exemption.
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“In virtually two years, the social gathering had not convened any political assembly of stakeholders, no new membership drive, no political exercise in any respect to rev up and consolidate the place and presence of the social gathering within the state since inception of this administration to this point. As an alternative of progress, the membership of the social gathering is dwindling by the day.
“Right this moment, 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 social gathering 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, Mr. Ade Ajayi, urged the aggrieved members to re-examine themselves, saying Fayemi was not meddling within the social gathering’s operations.