From: WOLE BALOGUN, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described as ‘suicide mission’, the alleged plan by the Minister of Solid Minerals and former governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to oust Governor Ayodele Fayose from office through alleged judicial conspiracy .
The party, through its factional state Chairman, Gboyega Oguntuase, said Governor Fayose’s election was ordained by God and validated by the people of Ekiti state, as reflected in the overwhelming supports he received during the June 21, 2014 governorship poll.
Oguntuase said no amount of surreptitious plan would thwart the will of the electorates, who freely gave Fayose the victory in the election in all the 16 local government areas, with Fayemi as an incumbent governor.
Fayose had, on Monday, raised the alarm over alleged plan by Fayemi , in cahoots with two newly appointed Supreme Court Justices to remove him from office through the back door.
Fayose alleged that Fayemi was seeking a review of the Supreme Court’s judgement, which had earlier upheld his election as governor.
Responding through his aide, Akin Oyebode, Fayemi had denied the allegation saying “such allegation is no longer new to me”.
Giving the party’s official position on the issue in Ado Ekiti, yesterday , Oguntuase said the people of the State will resist every devilish attempt being allegedly contrived by Fayemi to rule Ekiti through the backdoor.
“We are not threatened by this move because we see it as an ungodly and suicide mission . All Ekiti people are in support of Fayose and I believe very few people are backing the former governor, who plunged Ekiti into huge indebtedness and wrecked the economy before he left.
“We believe reasonable number of our Supreme Court judges are men of integrity who will not allow any politician to ruin their careers.
“We thought it was a rumour when we heard that Fayemi promised to use every means to return to power, but this latest move had confirm this fear.
“We owe it a duty to let the public know about this evil intention of the APC. They bragged like this between 2007 and 2010 and they ended up removing former Governor Segun Oni from office, but this new plot will fail, because Ekiti people are solidly behind Fayose”, he said.
Oguntuase cautioned Fayemi against venting anger on his successor over his abysmal failure in the last Ekiti poll, saying “this is a man who maltreated the civil servants, punished the teachers through the introduction of the Teachers’ competency test and had no respect for elder statesmen.
“Thank God for that election, many Ekiti civil servants and teachers would have been sacked if Fayemi had won reelection.
“I will appeal to the former governor to face his work as a Minister and stop looking for way to return to Ekiti through devilish means , because this will end up becoming his greatest undoing”, he cautioned.
Oguntuase said all the Ekiti residents from the 16 local government areas of the state have passed confidence vote in the governor, saying this will further bolster the PDP in raising the bar of governance in the delivery of democratic dividends to the people.