Written by Doyin Adebusuyi, Ado Ekiti
Aggrieved aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have accused Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose of “arbitrarily drawing list of candidates for both the national and state assemblies.
A former member of the Senate, Senator Ayo Arise, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved politicians yesterday, at Oye Ekiti, called on both the leadership of the party and President Goodluck Jonathan to call the governor to order.
Arise, who is also nursing an ambition to be re-elected senator representing Ekiti-North senatorial district, addressed the press conference with other aggrieved aspirants in attendance.
He accused Fayose of already compiling the list of delegates that would emerge in Saturday’s ward PDP congress, who would thereafter elect candidates for the party in the February national and state assemblies elections.
Arise said: “The governor has elected 26 House of Assembly members by himself without any congress, ditto the House of Reps. All these people who are being shortchanged have been preparing for election.
“Everybody worked hard to get Governor Fayose elected into office. As we speak, he has drawn the list of 26 House of Assembly members, thereby shutting out other aspirants. Even four aspirants from Ikole/Oye federal constituency have been schemed out of contention for the House of Representatives.
“Aside this, he instructed my challenger, Duro Faseyi, to draw the list of delegates for Ekiti North primaries, which shows that I have been rigged out already.
“I supported Fayose before the election, but as a party man, I will not fold my arms and allow him to ruin this party.”
Reacting, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, denied that Fayose has favourites for the forthcoming elections, describing all aspirants on the party’s platform as the governor’s candidates.
Adelusi said the governor has not reneged on his promise to ensure free and fair primaries.
Adelusi said: “Everybody in the party will stand for primaries where the delegates will choose who will represent them. To be a candidate of the governor does not exclude you from the primaries. He does not have approved list of delegates. Nobody will be treated as a sacred cow.”
Warning against protest votes in the coming election, Arise called on the leadership of the party to take the necessary steps “to clip the governor’s wings”.