Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has said his desire to instal a successor from Ikere-Ekiti made him to endorse his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola.
Speaking during a rally in Ado-Ekiti to herald the declaration by Olusola to run for governors on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Fayose told other Ekiti communities to forget producing the governor.
He said at the rally held at Ojumose area of the town that other communities, including Ado-Ekiti, would be compensated with lesser offices.
Fayose who sang in Yoruba said: “Mi o mo gomina Ise, mi o mo gomina Ifaki, mi o mo gomina Omuo, mi o mo gomina Ilawe, mi o mo gomina Ado, mi o mo gomina Isan, gomina ti mo mo, Ikere lo ti wa.”
When translated to English, the song goes thus: “I don’t know any governor from Ise, I don’t know any governor from Ifaki, I don’t know any governor from Omuo, I don’t know any governor from Ilawe, I don’t know any governor from Ado, I don’t know any governor from Isan, my governor is coming from Ikere.”
The governor was apparently referring to Olusola’s rivals at the primary.
Former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and former state Attorney General, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi are from Ise. Senate Minority Whip, Mrs. Biodun Olujimi is from Omuo. Former High Commissioner to Canada, Chief Dare Bejide is from Ilawe.
From the opposition side, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi is from Isan. The APC Deputy National Chairman (South). Chief Segun Oni is from Ifaki while Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, is from Ado.
Fayose advised Adeyeye to join the APC, if he is not happy with the adoption of Olusola as his preferred successor.
Adeyeye who has declared intent to contest and three other aspirants have kicked against Olusola’s adoption.
Fayose said: “The PDP has taken a position. I say we have taken a position and we have no apologies for that and the position was that Olusola should take over after me as the governor of Ekiti.
“It doesn’t matter to us how many people that are abusing us by our action. They are even free to join our adversaries, but we will defeat them as the God liveth.
“This is just a baby declaration, the date of the declaration will be announced later. By the grace of God, Olusola will be governor of Ekiti.
The Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement (PAAM) has condemned the alleged forceful coercion of civil servants, students, party delegates and other political appointees to attend the ‘Olusola for Governor Rally.’
In a statement, the PAAM Director of Publicity, Chief Niyi Ojo, said the alleged threat issued to these categories of people to attend the rally as a violation of their fundamental human rights.
The organisation urged party members to disregard any threat of suspension from their positions.
– The Nation