* Ex-Minister blames Governor for spike in violence over Ekiti guber polls
* It’s sour grapes, says incumbent
“Governor Ayo Fayose should be held responsible for the upsurge in violence ahead of the July 14 governorship poll” former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has stated.
In a swift response, the governor accused the former minister of not letting-go of the disappointment of primary election loss.
Adeyeye, who stated this in a statement on Monday by his media aide, Niyi Ojo, expressed sadness on the killing of an All Progressives Congress (APC)
member, William Ayegoro and destruction of campaign billboards of the
party’s candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
According to Adeyeye, Fayose has been heating up the polity by issuing what he called “threatening statements against perceived enemies of his administration” and his anointed candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola.
The former minister also accused Fayose of gagging traditional rulers in the state and sacking civil servants and appointees, who are deemed to be supporting the opposition on trumped up charges.
Adeyeye said: “Fayose, should be held responsible for the present state of insecurity in the state. People who are familiar with his antics, cannot sleep with their two eyes closed anymore.
“He was chased out in his first time in office, when he was imposed on the people of Ekiti State by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo. This second time, he told people that he was a changed person, but he is now worse.
“He was impeached because of violence in his term in office, even some of the cases that include murder cases are still in court. A couple of days ago, an APC supporter was killed. Two days before, the billboards of Dr Fayemi were destroyed in Ikere Ekiti.
“If you are looking for who is behind all these violence, look in the direction of Fayose.
“Fayose is so intolerant. In 2014, he was holding open meetings withCivil Servants in the state canvassing for their support and none of them was molested, nobody issues threats to sack them.
“However, I call on those being molested or victimized, who are afraidand brightly concerned about their future, that help is on the way. They should bear with the situation now, because it would soon be over.
“Victory is assured for APC on July 14. They shall be restored to those stations immediately after the elections, the Pharaoh that you see today, you shall see no more.
In response, Fayose said that the failed governorship ambition blinded Adeyeye to current political realities in the state and urged the former minister to wake up.
Fayose, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, also said Adeyeye “and his cohorts” would never be able to take Ekiti people for fools, as the people would never board a ship heading for destruction.
“Is it not laughable when Adeyeye alleged that Governor Ayodele Fayose and the Peoples Democratic Party were involved in killings and destruction of billboards? The June 1 incident when Adeyeye and All Progressives Congress leaders were shooting themselves at their secretariat is still fresh in people’s memory. This is not to talk of the killings that characterised Dr Kayode Fayemi’s tenure from 2010 to 2014.
” They have been going around the state and the poor reception being accorded them has led to them venting their anger on Prof. Kolapo Olusola’s billboards and campaign vehicles in many parts of Ekiti State. We know Adeyeye is a prince and is he saying if he were to be a royal father he would never have a mind of his own? Will he be gagged? Royal fathers in Ekiti State are true leaders of their people.
“They are not beggars and no amount of blackmail can stop them from saying their minds. One wonders the offence Adeyeye has against our monarchs that he has resorted to calling them names.
“For the information of Adeyeye and his new pay masters, the government of Ayodele Fayose recently promoted over 40,000 civil servants and is starting the process of employing another 2000. There is no room for witch hunting of anybody. The teachers derided by Kayode Fayemi were motivated and have taken Ekiti State to the top in education,” he said.
The governor advised Adeyeye to stop day dreaming, adding, “We know he was dazed by the loss of our party’s ticket to Prof. Kolapo Olusola, but for how long will Adeyeye continue to sulk? Part of the reasons he lost the ticket was because he failed to know political realities and how to key in. Hope he would eventually learn his lessons.”