- The Babafemi Ojudu camp has accused Kayode Fayemi of threatening to cripple Ekiti state if he is not given the APC ticket for the upcoming governorship election
- Ojudu’s people said Fayemi has been threatening violence since he joined the race last month, and deployed security agents to intimidate delegates during the primaries
- They said Fayemi is now looking for any straw to hang unto; but expressed confidence that Ojudu will win even if the election is conducted ten times
An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti state, Babafemi Ojudu, has accused his co-aspirant, Kayode Fayemi, of threatening to cripple the state if he is not given the party’s ticket for the July 14 gubernatorial election, The Cable reports.
Following violence and destruction of election materials, the APC governorship primary in the state had ended on an inconclusive note on Saturday, May 5.
NAIJ.com learnt that Fayemi, in reaction to Saturday’s development, accused Ojudu and an ex-member of the House of Representatives, Bimbo Daramola, of being too desperate.
He stated: “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.”
However, a group loyal to Ojudu, the Ekiti Rebirth Organisation (ERO), said it was Fayemi who was the desperate one. The group’s director general, Ranti Adebisi, accused Fayemi of engaging the services of suspected thugs that disrupted the election.
According to the group, Fayemi’s statement is “another tantrum from a man whose political fortune has taken a deep slide in recent times and whose entire campaign strategy was built on lies, orchestrated violence and cheap anti-democratic tricks.”
The statement continued: “We implore the security agents who made several arrests at the scene to make public the identities of the people arrested and their sponsors. I can tell you 100 percent that they have no link whatsoever to the Ojudu campaign.
“Fayemi has been the candidate threatening violence since he joined the race last month. He threatened to cripple the state if not given the party ticket. He deployed security agents to intimidate delegates even during the conduct of the primaries.
"He is the aspirant that has been avoiding democratic test of popularity. Clearly, if there is anyone desperate, that person is Dr Kayode Fayemi.
“Fayemi came late into this very contest to realise that the boat has left the shore. He is now looking for any straw to hang unto. He was shocked to realise that his much-advertised hold on the state executive was a fluke. He was shocked that Ojudu was coasting home with a landslide; so he has to haphazardly change from one rigging strategy to the other, but Ekiti people are not fools.
"If this election is conducted ten times, Ojudu will win.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that as some political analysts had feared, the primary election of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti state was stalled on Saturday, May 5, following an escalated violence that forced members to scamper to safety.
The exercise was stalled as a result of the tensed environment which forced security personnel shooting sporadically to calm nerves and ensure peace. The primary election was later suspended indefinitely.
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