In what could only be a daring move against a sitting governor, the Traditional Ruler of Afao-Ekiti prevented Dr. Kayode Fayemi from visiting his palace during his campaign tour to the area at the weekend as orders were reportedly given to shut the palace gate against the governor.
Although no reason was given for the action, the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organization (KFCO) alleged that it was carried out on the orders of the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and ex-governor of the state, Ayo Fayose, who hails from the area.
The KFCO further alleged that Mr. Fayose locked the monarch inside his (Alafao) palace to prevent him from hosting Fayemi.
Both Fayemi and Fayose are strong contenders in the June 21governorshp elections in the state.
But the PDP guber candidate has denied the allegation, describing Governor Fayemi as a liar, who has been ruling the state in deceit.
A statement by the Publicity Secretary of Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation (AFCO), Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said: “Ayo Fayose did not have discussion with or send anybody to the Alafao that the monarch should not receive Fayemi. Fayose does not believe any longer in coercing or disrespecting the royal institution because he is a democrat and new Fayose.
“The Alafao is a royal father to all and free to receive all candidates whether from APC, PDP, Labour and Accord unlike Isan Ekiti where Fayemi banned the Onisan from allowing any political party except APC to campaign in Isan.
“Our campaign is issue-based; we are now more mature, responsible and responsive. We will not engage in violent or character assassination”, Adelusi said.