By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Former Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr.
Owoseni Ajayi, has revealed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and it’s governorship candidate in the July 14 gubernatorial election,Prof. Kolapo Olusola suffered unimaginable defeat due to Governor Ayodele Fayose’s alleged arrogance, taking the people for granted and stabbing those who helped back to power in the back.
He maintained that the July 14 governorship election won by the
governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, was free, fair, transparent,
credible and would stand the judicial scrutiny of the Election
Ajayi said Ekiti people could no longer tolerate the alleged overbearing attitude of Fayose and attempting to remain in power by proxy hence the decision to vote massively against PDP.
Ajayi was among party leaders who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) before the July 14 governorship poll in the state.
Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti,the Ekiti state capital on Saturday, Ajayi revealed that
the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) house started crumbling under the governor because of his refusal to listen to advice and give room for reconciliation in the party.
This, he said, led to a mass exodus of leading party members who
contributed to Fayose’s victory in the 2014 governorship election
which rendered the platform very weak to face a very formidable
Pouring cold water on claims in some quarters that the last governorship poll was manipulated, Ajayi said the fact that APC polled 181 votes to PDP’s over 300 votes at Fayose’s polling unit in Afao showed that his popularity had declined drastically.
He also added that Fayose’s waning popularity occasioned by disrespect
and arrogance shown to key PDP leaders was partly responsible for why he lost his local government area (Irepodun/Ifelodun) despite his status in the party.
The senior lawyer revealed that PDP lost his Ise/Orun Local Government
Area for the first time in 19 years because of Fayose’s alleged
maltreatment of himself (Ajayi) and another prominent indigene, Prince
Dayo Adeyeye, both of whom were governorship aspirants.
Speaking on Fayose’s alleged ingratitude to his benefactors, Ajayi
said: “There was nobody who have assisted us to come to power that
Fayose has not offended; from Senator Buruji Kashamu to Senator Gbemi Saraki, to House of Reps member, Hon. Sunday Karimi to former PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, the list is endless.
“There is virtually nobody, he has not turned against; so, how do you
expect such a person to come and win election? How do you expect such a person to come and win election? So, it was a battle between the people of Ekiti State and Ayo Fayose, it was not a battle between PDP and APC.”