Prince Dayo Adeyeye, National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has accused Ayo Fayose, Ekiti State governor, of plotting to sell the party to opposition.
Adeyeye, an aggrieved governorship aspirant of PDP in Ekiti State, stated this while meeting his supporters at his Campaign Office in Ado-Ekiti.
The PDP chieftain alleged that Fayose was precipitating crisis in the party to weaken it before the crucial election in 2018.
The ex-Minister of State for Works said the recent endorsement of Prof. Kolapo Olusola as the sole candidate was part of the plot.
Adeyeye, who described the ‘imposition’ as a nullity, having infracted on the party’s constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, the National Publicity Secretary specifically accused Governor Fayose of allegedly working in with external forces to ruin the PDP.
But Fayose said those who are crying over spilt milk should put their enemies in the position of a governor when they have such opportunity.
“I have no apology for my action because I have only exercised my rights and I have not breached any rule or law of the party or that of the country.
“If the petitioners are the major stakeholders and we are the minority, time will tell. However, we reiterate that anyone who feels disappointed by the action should wait for the party’s primary because it is their right.
“Above all, since they have written to Senator Ahmed Makarfi, they should equally copy Sheriff. All the complainants got to their current positions by God’s grace and my humble self that God used for them.
“If they complain about imposition and endorsement, let them face the electorate too and adopt their own standard that is different from the one we used. At least, I am the man to be succeeded and I am entitled to support who I like.
“Let them know that I am not the type to be threatened. If anybody has anything against me, let him go to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,” he said.
Governor Fayose wondered why some people would be having needless headache over a matter that does not preclude them from exercising their own rights.
Addressing a crowd of supporters, Adeyeye assured the party that the endorsement of Olusola by Fayose and a section of the party won’t stand, saying the National Working Committee of the party, led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi would conduct a free, fair poll to elect a credible candidate.
Present at the meeting were Mr. Deji Adesua, former Commissioner for Public Utilities under Fayose, and Hon. Dele Olugbemi, a recently sacked commissioner in the State Universal Basic Education Board.
“Governor Fayose said he was directed by God to anoint his deputy, but the bible says woe betide a man who is saying when he had not been directed by God. I want to see that someone is trying to place a curse on himself here.
“What the governor did was a flagrant breach of the constitution and the Electoral Act and it can’t stand. Fayose is a governor and whoever occupies such a bid position must learn how to protect the law. He should not take any action that will make him irresponsible.
“PDP in Ekiti is in a delicate position. We have no federal might behind us. We are not in control of the Army, police and others.
Again, we are no longer enjoying the popularity with which we came into office in 2014. If you do opinion poll today, that does not favour us because of the actions and inactions of this government,” Adeyeye stated.
On the allegation raised by Fayose that he made him a minister, Adeyeye retorted, “Let me say this, it was on the account of what happened after the 2014 primary that made former President Goodluck Jonathan to appeased me with a ministerial position. So, Jonathan made me minister, not Fayose,” he stated.