Following last Saturday’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship primaries elections, which produced former Governor Ayo Fayose as the party’s flag-bearer amid protests from his co-aspirants, the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of manipulating the process to favour Fayose with the aim of using him to unleash violence on the state ahead of the June 21 governorship poll.
Fayose has denied the allegations, saying he would instead let the elections do the talking for him.
Fayemi, who spoke in a statement issued on Monday by the spokesperson of his campaign organisation, Mr. Dimeji Daniels, said that the opposition party in the state wanted to prepare the ground for rigging through violence.
He said that President Jonathan would be held accountable for any act of violence by his party’s governorship candidate.
The governor, however, warned Fayose against violating the law saying he would face the wrath of the people if he caused violence in the state.
The statement read, “Masterminding the emergence of the former Governor Ayo Fayose as the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Ekiti State shows clearly that the Jonathan presidency has no strategy other than violence for the June 21 governorship election in the state.
“Fayose was made to win the PDP primaries because of his anti-democratic credentials of violence, a clear pointer that the Presidency and the PDP have perfected strategies to rig the June 21 governorship election.
“What this means is that the Jonathan presidency and the PDP have no sense of history regarding Ekiti people. Ekiti people have been known to resist shady characters. This same man was sent packing with his tails between his legs by Ekiti people when it became apparent that he had no respect for human dignity.
“By throwing up Fayose again in a race that should involve decent people, the PDP is clearly spitting on the grave of Tunde Omojola, who on 28 May, 2005 was mowed down in Ifaki-Ekiti.
“The PDP is also spitting on the graves of Ijan Ekiti-born Dr. Ayo Daramola who was ruthlessly killed on 14 August 2006 because of his governorship ambition and the students of College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti whose lives were cut short on March 16, 2004”.
Fayemi noted that with the pending court case instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against Fayose, it would not be a surprise if the former governor eventually shuttled between his campaign office and various courtrooms where he was facing the charges of murder and corruption.
The governor also reacted to the allegation levelled against him by House of Representatives member and one of his challengers, Opeyemi Bamidele, of Labour Party and described him as an inconsistent person who should not be taken seriously.