Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has been accused of blackmail and lies by the state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), which the party said was for the sole aim of causing confusion in the APC and ridiculing its leaders.
In a statement by State Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party said media reports that former Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Femi Bamisile, has begged Governor Fayose to help facilitate his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was concocted by the governor and his media aides to cause confusion, ignite anger among APC members and put the former Speaker in a weak position that would hurt his mobilisation drive to put APC in a firm footing in the state.
“We are not surprised that Fayose has resorted to blackmail and lies to cause disaffection within the APC ranks as we have seen recently.
“He started with me, lying that I was afflicted with a strange ulcer and that a spiritualist had advised me to beg him (the governor) and return to the PDP before the sore could be healed.
“Recently, Fayose allegedly stage-managed a meeting with some traditional rulers to lure Bamisile into attendance in a popular hotel where the governor was hiding and surprisingly burst into the meeting pleading with the former Speaker to return to the PDP, but which he turned down only for Fayose to turn story against Bamisile to the consternation of the innocent man. Few minutes after meeting, the news was all over the world that Bamisile had agreed to return to the PDP after meeting with Fayose.
“This is the same way Fayose and his aides forged President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical report claiming that he had cancer only for the Management of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital to dismiss the document as forgery, just as he lied during the campaign that he saw Buhari on sick bed when in actual fact the man was in far away London delivering a lecture.
“This same Fayose blackmailed Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) by pasting his posters as a governorship aspirant in 2006 even when the elder statesman never contemplated any elective position,” he explained.
The party alleged that Fayose also blackmailed the State Chief Judge, Mr Justice Ayodeji Daramola, to have collected N200 million bribe from an APC chieftain to deliver guilty verdict in his election eligibility case, he accused Fayose of being behind the fake story that former Governor Kayode Fayemi built a university in Ghana, which up till date had neither a name nor location.
“Because he has no plan for the development of Ekiti, Fayose has been consistently lying in the last 10 months that Fayemi left N86 billion debt only for the Debt Management Office to declare that Fayemi actually left a debt of N18.8 b.
“He once denied collecting N2b ecological fund but owned up when he got a hint that we were about investigating this through the FOI law just the same way he denied collecting N22b refund on roads.
“He recently denied collecting N8.5b from the Federation Account in June 2015 even when the figures are on the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance for all to see,” Olatunbosun said.
He, therefore, urged APC members and the public to ignore Fayose’s alleged lies against APC members, particularly the leaders, who were already turning around the fortunes of the party, but which was now causing headache for the governor.