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How Fayose killed PDP in Ekiti – Former Commisoner, Ajayi

How Fayose killed PDP in Ekiti – Former Commisoner, Ajayi

Former Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi, has revealed why the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Olusola Kolapo lost the just concluded governorship election to Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress.

Ajayi revealed that the PDP lost the election because the outgoing governor, Ayo Fayose took people for granted.

He recalled how Fayose allegedly dissolved the State Executive Council to deny him the opportunity of becoming a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

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Speaking with journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, Ajayi disclosed that the governor dissolved the State Executive Council a day before he faced a panel of interviewers of Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) for the award of SAN in 2017, which made him become a former attorney general and reduced his rating for the rank.

According to the former commissioner, Fayose allegedly took the action because “he doesn’t want anybody serving under him to grow, develop and have a better status” adding that the action denied Ekiti an opportunity of producing a Senior Advocate that year.

“Assuming I had succeeded in that, I would say I have gotten something out of this administration and it would have brought glory to Ekiti
State and to him (Fayose).

“So, if somebody could go to such a ridiculous level, could be so mean and wicked to somebody that had served him diligently and sincerely, you will see the kind of character he is,” Ajayi said.

Ajayi, a former People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant was among party leaders who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) before the July 14 governorship poll.

He further revealed that the PDP started crumbling under Fayose because of his refusal to listen to advice and give room for reconciliation in the party.

This, he said, led to a mass exodus of leading party members who contributed to Fayose’s victory in the 2014 governorship election which rendered the platform very weak to face a very formidable opposition.

He maintained that the July 14 governorship election won by the governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, was free, fair, transparent, credible and would stand the judicial scrutiny of the Election Petition Tribunal.

Ajayi said Ekiti people could no longer tolerate the alleged overbearing attitude of Fayose and attempting to remain in power by proxy hence the decision to vote massively against PDP.

Dismissing claims in some quarters that the last governorship poll was manipulated, Ajayi said the fact that APC polled 181 votes to PDP’s over 300 votes at Fayose’s polling unit in Afao showed that his popularity had waned sharply.

He also added that Fayose’s waning popularity occasioned by disrespect and arrogance shown to key PDP leaders was partly responsible for why he lost his local government area (Irepodun/Ifelodun) despite his status in the party.

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The senior lawyer revealed that PDP lost his Ise/Orun Local Government Area for the first time in 19 years because of Fayose’s alleged maltreatment of himself (Ajayi) and another prominent indigene, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, both of whom were governorship aspirants.

Speaking on Fayose’s alleged ingratitude to his benefactors, Ajayi said: “There was nobody who have assisted us to come to power that Fayose has not offended; from Buruji to Senator Gbemi Saraki, to House of Reps member, Hon. Sunday Karimi to former PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, the list is endless.

“There is virtually nobody, he has not turned against; so, how do you expect such a person to come and win election? How do you expect such a person to come and win election? So, it was a battle between the people of Ekiti State and Ayo Fayose, it was not a battle between PDP and APC.”

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