The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the recent spate of blackmail and lies by Governor Ayodele Fayose to cause confusion in the APC and ridicule its leaders.
Reacting to media reports that former Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Femi Bamisile, has begged the governor to help facilitate his defection to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), APC’s state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said the report was concocted by Fayose and his “discredited media aides” to cause confusion, ignite anger among APC members and put the former Speaker in a weak position that would hurt his mobilisation drive to put APC in a firm footing.
Noting that Bamisile’s rising popularity had sent jitters down Fayose’s spine, he said that the governor’s past was haunting him, making him feeling unsafe over the fate that awaited him in the new dispensation where the rule of law works.
“We are not surprised that Fayose has resorted to blackmail and lies to cause disaffection within the APC ranks as we have seen recently.
“He started with me, lying that I was afflicted with a strange ulcer and that a spiritualist had advised me to beg him (the governor) and return to the PDP before the sore could be healed,” he said.
He added that recently, Fayose allegedly stage-managed a meeting with some traditional rulers to lure Bamisile into attendance in a popular hotel where the governor was hiding and surprisingly burst into the meeting pleading with the former Speaker to return to the PDP, but which he turned down only for Fayose to turn story against Bamisile to the consternation of the “innocent man”.
“Few minutes after meeting, the news was all over the world that Bamisile had agreed to return to the PDP after meeting with Fayose.
“This is the same way Fayose and his aides forged President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical report claiming that he had cancer only for the Management of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital to dismiss the document as forgery, just as he lied during the campaign that he saw Buhari on sick bed when in actual fact the man was in far away London delivering a lecture.
“This same Fayose blackmailed Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) by pasting his posters as a governorship aspirant in 2006 even when the elder statesman never contemplated any elective position,” he explained.
Noting that he also blackmailed the State Chief Judge, Mr Justice Ayodeji Daramola, alleging that he collected N200 million bribe from an APC chieftain to deliver guilty verdict in his election eligibility case, he alleged that Fayose was behind the fake story that former Governor Kayode Fayemi built a university in Ghana, which up till date had neither a name nor location.
“Because he has no plan for the development of Ekiti, Fayose has been consistently lying in the last 10 months that Fayemi left N86 billion debt only for the Debt Management Office to declare that Fayemi actually left a debt of N18.8 b.
“He once denied collecting N2 billion ecological fund but owned up when he got a hint that we were about investigating this through the FOI law just the same way he denied collecting N22 billion refund on roads.
“He recently denied collecting N8.5 billion from the Federation Account in June 2015 even when the figures are on the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance for all to see,” Olatunbosun said.
Accusing Fayose of always engaging in battles of survival, he said the governor had no time for governance, preferring to be in the “throats of the opponents.”
He urged APC members and the general public to ignore Fayose’s lies against the party, its leadership and members, noting that the leaders of the party were already turning around the fortunes of the party, which was now causing headache for the governor.
He warned Fayose against conduct that diminishes his office, even as he cautioned that the governor would not escape the long arms of the law at the appropriate time.