*They’ve no electoral value, he says
Following the crisis rocking the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former Governor Ayo Fayose, has said the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and an erstwhile Minister of Works, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, were unwanted in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Fayose said the party waťs not thirsty to have the duo as members after their falling out with Governor Kayode Fayemi because they have no electoral value.
Ojudu and Adeyeye are locked in battle with Fayemi over the governor’s alleged dictatorial behaviour and victimisation of party members.
However, appearing on a radio programme in Ado Ekiti, Ojudu dismissed the speculation, saying he would never contemplate such a move.
Ojudu said: “If I die and they put PDP flag on my coffin, I will wake up, tear it and go back to sleep.”
Angered by the Ojudu’s derisive comment, Fayose in a statement issued on Thursday by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, said: “Apart from them not having electoral value, they are blackmailers and individuals whose needs are insatiable. Above all, God’s anger has caught up with them in their inordinate quest for power.”
The former governor described S
Ojudu as a political opportunist, who is always fighting for his own selfish gains, saying that “he fought against Niyi Adebayo, me, Segun Oni and he is fighting Fayemi now. Who will please him in Ekiti?
“He (Ojudu) is a senator by accident, who is always striving to destroy any government in which he can’t have his way.
“Therefore, he can continue with his usual voyage of political blackmail; that is his business and that of his coronavirus- infected APC party.
“As for us in the PDP, we are not interested in making any gains from the reckless political life of a man who does nothing other than to destroy the government of Ekiti.”
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the APC and former Deputy Governor, Abiodun Aluko, has appealed to the aggrieved APC leaders to embrace reconciliation and allow Fayemi to consolidate and deliver dividends of democracy to Ekiti people.
“The Fayemi government now pays salary and pension regularly before the end of the month unlike before when the government owed six to nine months salaries and pension despite regular allocation, bail-outs, Paris Club refund and other support funds which are not available now.
“It’s when we all support the governor that he can do more and perform to the optimum, so that Ekiti people can always prefer APC to any other political party in future elections,” he said.