Fayose’s Former Special Assistant Defects To APC, Says Ekiti Now Reeling Under One-Man Dictatorship

240315F-Ayodele-FayoseAn ally of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Pastor Yemi Olayinka, has decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Olayinka, who joined the APC at Ado Ekiti Ward 8 Thursday evening, lamented that Ekiti is now reeling under a one-man dictatorship which has made governance to grind to a halt and inflicted hardship on the masses through “anti-people policies”.
Speaking with reporters shortly after being admitted into his new party (APC), Olayinka described PDP as a “dead party that is already waiting for its final funeral” owing to the alleged autocratic leadership style of the Ekiti governor.
The former Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Matters, accused Fayose of deceiving voters in the run-up to the June 21, 2014 governorship election by claiming that he (Fayose) has changed, noting that “Ekiti people have now realized that a leopard cannot change its spot”.
The former PDP chieftain was received into the party by Acting State Chairperson of APC, Mrs. Kemisola Olaleye, ward and local government executives of the party.
According to the decampee, the governor’s leadership style has forced prominent members of the PDP including foundation members, to leave the party and portrayed it in bad light before the people of the state.
Olayinka said: “I love PDP so well that I decided that come rain, come sunshine, I will never defect to APC. But when Fayose came, he hijacked the party. He is the State Working Committee, the Commissioners, the Assembly members, to the extent that nobody could have a say.
“He has forgotten so soon that during his misadventure to Labour Party, some of us stayed back in the PDP and prevented it from total collapse. If PDP had died before he came, would he have won the governorship ticket? Today, Fayose has succeeded in killing the party in Ekiti.
“I can’t afford to stay in a party that is being controlled by a power-greedy individual. I am a team player and I believe in the ethos of democracy, so we are leaving the PDP for Fayose all alone”.
Olayinka promised to work for the unity of APC at ward, local government and state levels just as he pledged to work hard to ensure that his new party bounces back to power at the next governorship poll.
Speaking at the ceremony, the acting APC chairperson said party members need unity more than ever before to deliver Ekiti people from alleged misrule and dictatorship of the PDP-led administration.
Mrs. Olaleye disclosed that the door of the party is open to new members who are willing to join, urging the party’s old members not to discriminate against those coming into the party.
She also said that new members will enjoy same privilege as old members.
She said: “As much as our doors are open to whoever wants to join us, we will also be mindful by screening whoever signifies intention, so that we won’t allow an anarchist into our midst.
“You can see that there is no disunity or groupings again in APC, all of us are now under one big umbrella called APC”.


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