By Abdulkareem Olaleye in Ado-Ekiti
Peoples Democratic Party Governorship Candidate in Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose, has described the arson attack on the state party secretariat as not only barbaric but very primitive
Ayo Fayose, speaking through his media aide, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said “in every contest, there will always be a winner and a loser and that doesn’t implies the end of political journey”.
Fayose said: “I sincerely believe that no true member of the PDP will ignite the secretariat because of losing primary election”.
Unknown arsonist had set ablaze the PDP secretariat in Ekiti State last Monday, making many in the state to believe that the arsonists action may not be unconnected with the controversial party governorship primaries of the previous week won by Fayose.
Fayose called on the security agency to investigate the matter without delay in order to bring the perpetrator to book.”
Ekiti State Police Commissioner, Mr. Felix Uyanna, in a chat with our correspondent disclosed that the command was subjecting the attack to thorough investigation, because “the party and its property are a public property, nobody has the right to set it ablaze”.
He added that whoever is found culpable would be made to face the wrought of the law in order to forestall a re-occurence
The fire badly damaged the office of the Chairman of the party, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, and the conference Hall of the one-storey building located at Ajilosun Area of Ado Ekiti.
Multiple sources living around the building revealed that some strange movements were noticed within the Secretariat at about 5.30am, adding that those people must have been responsible for the incident.
The sources said further that the place would have been burnt down but for the timely intervention of passers-by who alerted the residents of the area, who immediately trooped out to quench the fire.
15 governorship aspirants of the party had on Saturdayrejected the emergence of Fayose as the candidate of the party, the development that is eliciting crisis in the PDP.
Adebayo to Fayose: You Did n’t Defeat Me in 2003, I Was Rigged Out
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, has hit back at his successor in Office, Mr. Ayo Fayose, over his comment that just as he defeated Adebayo in 2003, the state Governor Kayode Fayemi would suffer the same fate in the June 21, 2014 governorship election.
Adebayo, who was the first civilian governor of the state, maintained that he was not removed from office by Fayose, as claimed by him, rather he was a victim of massive electoral fraud allegedly perpetrated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo who unleashed the federal might on the state in the 2003 general election.
The former governor made the statement during the mega rally organised by the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation to flag off electioneering campaign for the re-election of Governor Fayemi.
Adebayo, who is also the Interim National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, South-west, maintained that any attempt to repeat such electoral heist in theJune 21 governorship election would be resisted by any means possible.
He added that Fayose did not at anytime contribute to the victory of Fayemi and his boasts that he would remove Fayemi was an arrant nonsense and an empty one at that.
Adebayo added further that going by the sterling performance of Governor Fayemi’s three and half years administration, Mr Fayose would need more than all the Russian Soldiers combined with their American counterparts to remove Governor Fayemi from office, as the people of the state has demonstrated their desire to re-elect him as their Governor come June 21.
Fayose had told newsmen last week Saturday, the 15th of March, shortly after he was declared the winner of the Peoples Democratic governorship primaries, conducted by the former Governor of Rivers State,Dr Peter Odili, that he removed Adebayo from office and the same fate awaits Fayemi.
Adebayo said victory for Fayemi in the election is very sure.
Meanwhile, at the event were several side attraction, Nollywood actors of Yoruba genres were invited to add colour and glamour to the rally, as tumultuous crowd stormed the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, most of them wearing uniform emblazoned with the picture of Governor Fayemi.
The rally was well-attended by fellow governors on the platform of the APC such as Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) and Kashim Shetima (Borno).
Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed was represented by his deputy, Elder Peter Kishira.
Former Ekiti State Governor and APC Southwest National Vice Chairman, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sherif were also in attendance.
Also the popular Hiphop artiste Olamide was on hand to thrill the people.