Critical Times News : APC CRISIS: Confusion as Fayemi, Sen Ojudu blame each other over disruption of Ekiti primary election by thugs

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APC CRISIS: Confusion as Fayemi, Sen Ojudu blame each other over disruption of Ekiti primary election by thugs

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who is among those seeking to fly APC’s flag in the Ekiti governorship election, has condemned the disruption of the party’s primary election in Ado Ekiti by thugs believed to be working for some aspirants in the race.

The Minister, in a statement issued on Saturday evening by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Yinka Oyebode, stated that the party does not deserve the type of ridicule which the shameful act of the hoodlums had subjected it to.

DAILY POST had reported that the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship primaries in Ekiti state was on Saturday stalemated with exercise suspended indefinitely over violence that erupted on alleged fraud being perpetrated by a particular aspirant.

In his reaction, Fayemi described the disruption of the primary election as the height of desperation on the part of some aspirants, “who having seen defeat staring them in the face, conspired together to ensure that the exercise was not concluded”.

He alleged that the aspirants resorted to violence and destruction, having realised that he was already in a clear lead in the five local governments that had cast their votes.

The Minister, who said he was not surprised by the disruption of the exercise, revealed that the security agencies had a few days to the primaries, been notified of plans by some aspirants to deploy hoodlums to disrupt the voting exercise.

He noted that the security agencies took note of the information and promised to beef up security at the venue.

Fayemi said, “It is quite painful seeing some desperate elements trying so much to rubbish the party we all laboured to build to national reckoning, out of share lust for power.

“If the quest for political position is to serve, then one wonders why the desperation being displayed by the likes of Femi Ojudu and Bimbo Daramola.
“Certainly the conduct of these desperate aspirants falls short of the minimum standards expected of anyone that professes progressive ideals.

“We urge our teeming supporters and loyal party members not to be discouraged by this despicable act. This surely shall pass, and better days are ahead. Our collective rescue mission has indeed begun.”

Senator Babafemi Ojudu react:

Ekiti Rebirth Organization (ERO), the campaign outfit of All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, has condemned the disruption of Saturday’s APC governorship primaries by thugs allegedly loyal to one of the aspirants.

Spokesman of Ojudu’s campaign, Gboyega Adeoye described the invasion of thugs as the highest level of desperation in anybody’s quest for political office.

Adeoye, in a statement released to newsmen, accused the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi’s camp of being behind the disruption of the election process.

The statement reads, “When they said they were going to cripple the state, we did not know what they meant was to attempt to forcefully hijack the ticket.

“Now that we know better, we assure they will meet stiff resistance from our people.

“The gubernatorial primary was going on smoothly and the delegates were already casting their votes before thugs allegedly loyal to former governor of the state and current Minster of Mines and Steel, Dr Kayode Fayemi, smashed some ballot boxes leading to the disruption of the process.

“The pandemonium that ensued snowballed into serious fracas that caused every delegates scampering for safety and an abrupt seizure in the voting process.

“Ekiti State has been under siege preparatory to the primaries as ferocious looking armed mobile policemen that came in company of the Minister, seized all the major streets for days, in reckless display of show of oppression and terror.

“Dr Kayode Fayemi during his declaration vowed that he was ready to use every underhand means to secure the ticket but our people have come out to say a resounding NO! No amount of intimidation, brigandage and crude display of wealth will stop the people’s will to install a fresh hand in our state.

“We are ready for Fayemi, we have always campaigned for a transparent primary eection because we have the people on our side.

“With the reaction of the people to the attempt to compromise the process, Fayemi now knows he does not have Ekiti people in his pocket.”

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