The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Ekiti State, Mr Olufemi Aduloju, has said that Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, is still living in the past when the federal might assisted him to win two governorship elections.
Aduloju, who reminded the governor that his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been dislodged from the federal level, said his boast that he will win the 2018 governorship election in the state was an empty one, especially with his dwindling popularity each passing day.
The APC chieftain who spoke in Ekiti while reaction to Fayose’s boast that his PDP would win hands down in the 16 council areas of the state, said “it is on record that the governor has never won a single free and fair election.
“Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo supported Fayose to defeat the then Governor Niyi Adebayo in 2003 just as former President, Goodluck Jonathan deployed funds and security agents to ease former Governor, Kayode Fayemi out of office to favour Fayose in 2014.
“The only election that Fayose participated in as a candidate of the opposition party in 2011 ended in disaster for him as he, as Labour Party candidate in the National Assembly election, could not win even his constituency.
“Governor Fayose must wake up and stop dreaming of winning 2018 Ekiti State Governorship Election for his dead party in the state. The only base of Fayose’s political structure, which is the federal might with his party in power, has collapsed. But the governor is still living in the past glory of winning election through the federal might. Perhaps he has forgotten that PDP lost the centre years back.
“PDP is no longer at the helms of affair in Nigeria, the power that the former Presidents gave you to control police, civil defence corps, other security outfits and INEC has expired and no longer available. Fayose cannot win any election in Ekiti State without the federal might.
“Even the last PDP primaries that produced him for the governorship election was fraudulent and rigged, it was Ayo Fayose vs Ayo Fayose, there was no other aspirants at the venue, security personnel were used to chase them away from the venue because Fayose could not contest an election and win without intimidation and harassment.
“In 2003, Obasanjo and Chief Olabode George then the southwest PDP chairman helped Fayose. He was surprised when he was declared the winner of that election, he prostrated about 22 times, thanking the former President. That was why he messed up the government and he was thrown out.
“On the eve of the 2014 governorship election, over 90 per cent of APC leaders were arrested and detained till after the doctored and flawed result was announced. Fayose’s so-called popularity cannot and will never award him victory at any election in Ekiti State in a free and fair contest. If he is so sure of himself, let him wait till 2018 when the chicken will come home to roost,” Aduloju stated.