The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ekiti State chapter, has described the meeting in Abuja, by some leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led by a former governor of the state, Chief Niyi Adebayo, as a further confirmation that those leading the party in Ekiti are Diaspora politicians, who have lost touch with the people.
The PDP, which noted that serious politicians desirous of winning elections will not hold its stakeholders meetings more than 300km away from their state, added that no amount of Abuja meetings will bring APC in Ekiti back from what it termed “the land of the dead”.
Former Governor Adebayo had after holding a meeting on Tuesday with Ekiti’s APC members at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, accused Fayose of making mockery of governance in the state.
He further said the incumbent governor had turned Ekiti into a pariah state.
“Ekiti is being turned into a pariah state and it is unfortunate that this sort of thing is happening and that is why we who are in the opposition are putting our house in order and we believe that if we all stick together and make sure that the party is in stable state, we will be able to wrestle power back from the current governor (Ayodele Fayose) that is making mockery of our state”.
Reacting to the statement, the Ekiti PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Jackson Adebayo, said that “Governor Ayodele Fayose will for a very long time remain the nightmare of the APC and its self-centered leaders”.
“From the time Fayose joined Ekiti politics till now, the only governorship election won by the APC was the one in which Fayose assisted the party”, the Ekiti PDP spokesman said in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday.
Continuing, Mr. Adebayo said: “Ekiti people will no longer succumb to the selfish wish of diaspora politicians, who will only come to the State to contest elections and runaway the moment they lose or are thrown out of government.
“Can any serious politician be playing away game and leaving the grassroot in the hand of opponents? Isn’t that the reason Fayose who eats and dine with the people will always defeat the APC as long as the space permits?
“As much as they tried to patch up their differences, a major stakeholder in the APC boycotted the meeting”.
The PDP also described the comment by the former governor that Ekiti had been turned to a pariah state as a product of a frustrated mind, saying any reasonable man would attest to the fact that the peace in the state could not be matched by any other state in the south-west.
“There is no state in the southwest that has been enjoying the kind of relative peace and development being enjoyed in Ekiti State today and discerning minds can’t but laugh at a former governor referring to his own a state as a pariah state”, he said.