The gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Ekiti State was on Monday, 12th May, 2014, summoned to the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Wadata Plaza Abuja over what the party referred to as his embarrassing conduct and careless attitude so far in the build-up to the June 21 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State.
Reliable sources told thegazellenews.com that the summon has a note of urgency as Fayose was given four hours to report at the Wadata plaza. According to sources close to this medium, the summon was as a result of the alleged shoddy way the candidate has been handling his campaign in the state.
The top hierarchy of the PDP, especially the Presidency, was said to have been embarrassed over the unpardonable collapse of Fayose’s podium at Ifaki Ekiti which they said was a result of Fayose’ selfish attitude approach to the campaign. Fayose was alleged to have rejected a better podium provided by the party but preferred to contract it out himself to one of his cronies who did a shoddy job leading to the collapse of the podium with everybody on it going down.
Sources at the Presidency hinted that the President might have changed his mind in coming to Ekiti State to raise Fayose’s hands on May 22 as earlier scheduled because security reports do not favour his coming.
They told the President that if he had come to Ifaki and had been on that podium, he would have gone down just like others and that would have been bad publicity for the already embattled President.
The President was also embarrassed by the plethora of criminal cases hanging on Fayose’s neck and he was said to have been furious because he was not properly briefed before the candidate was recommended to him.
Fayose was also accused of alienating other PDP leaders in Ekiti in crucial decisions concerning the campaign. He has refused to follow the time-table drawn for him by the election committee and has refused to recognize the committee. He has also not funded it since it was inaugurated. He does everything all alone.
He was alleged to have diverted funds meant for the campaign to personal use like buying a house in a high-brow area in Abuja. Rather than giving out campaign vests to PDP members and supporters, Fayose was selling them, an idea which is very strange to the leaders of the party and which has discouraged many PDP supporters.
The lackadaisical attitude of Fayose to the campaign has led the party hierarchy to conclude that Fayose is not keen about winning the June 21 election, but is only after making money for himself and dumping the PDP thereafter as he had always done.
In a related development, the last may have not been heard about the big fall of the PDP governorship candidate in Ifaki few days ago. It has been revealed that the effect of the fall left the party state Chairman, Mr. Makanjuola Ogundipe, a severe fracture on his leg which makes him now limp in pains.
It was as a result of the injury sustained by the PDP Chairman, Mr. Ogundipe that prevented him from participating in the debate organised for chairmen of political parties in Ekiti State by the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BESES) on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
The former Chairman of Ado Local Government, Mrs. Tosin Aluko, was also unlucky as she sustained a serious injury and her left leg is now wrapped in Plaster of Paris.
The PDP candidate himself, Mr. Ayo Fayose, had a deep cut on his legs from broken pieces of wood but only pretended as though nothing happened and tried to continue with the campaign, but his crowd had already thinned out as many of them started leaving immediately the podium crashed.
His wife, Mrs. Feyi Fayose, equally sustained a minor injury on her thigh.
Senator Teslim Folarin, who crash-landed with them on the podium, is said to have a serious injury and currently recuperating at a private hospital in Lagos.
Other PDP leaders on the podium sustained various degrees of injury.