The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has rejected an alleged plot by a former governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The party in a statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Ade Ajayi, urged Mr.Fayose to perish that thought.
He insisted that the APC was not a dumping ground “for failed politicians,” adding that the rejection of Mr.Fayose was because of his antecedents.
According to Mr.Ajayi, the APC is “a disciplined, refined and integrity-inclined type which would not tolerate people like Fayose,” adding that “Fayose is not qualified to be a member of the APC in the state.”
The party’s reaction follows a threat from Mr.Fayose to the national leadership of the PDP that he will defect to the APC if his ordained state chairmanship aspirant failed in his bid for the job.
In a categorical responses Mr.Ajayi said: “We will not welcome him to the great and decent family in the state.
“It is better he stays back in his PDP to get it more destroyed instead of coming to a principled, disciplined, transparent, law-abiding and organised party like the APC.
“The Ekiti APC members know the people behind the masquerade and thereby warn people like Fayose not to turn the APC to a dumping ground where they can defect to.”
Meanwhile, the Media Aide to Mr.Fayose, Lere Olayinka has denied the rumour of Fayose’s defection to APC. Mr.Olayinka in his reaction described the APC as a Coronavirus infected party that someone of the status and pedigree of former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose can never join.
He said “it is funny that the APC in Ekiti State lied and went further to react to its own lies.”
He added “as I write, Fayose is presently in a meeting of major stakeholders of the PDP in Ekiti State in the house of Senator Clement Awoyelu.”
Olayinka, described the rumour as that of a figment of the imagination of those peddling it, urging the APC in the State to focus its attention on its non-performing government.
“The story of Fayose’s threat to leave PDP for the APC is one of the lies from the APC factory of lies and it is even more childish that the party in Ekiti State went ahead to react to its own lies,” he said.
While saying there was nothing to attract any right thinking politician to the APC, Olayinka asked; “is it the killings and kidnappings going on across the country? Is it the pariah State that Nigeria has become such that USA had to place the country on visa restrictions? Is it the huge debt the country has been plunged into? Or is it the directionless state of the country?
“Is it the sacking of over 3,000 workers by the non-performing APC government in Ekiti State?
“Most importantly, is it the confused state of the APC, which has made even the State Chairman of the party in Ekiti State, Mr. Paul Omotoso, to join others in calling for the removal of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole?
“What is there in the APC to attract someone like Fayose, who is known for his stand in support of the masses of Nigeria that are being made to suffer more hardship by the APC government?
“They can continue to hallucinate about everything Ayodele Fayose, while he continues with his task of to rebuild the PDP in Ekiti State with a view to returning to power in 2022.”