The Ekiti Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has told Governor Ayodele Fayose to forget any hope of joining the party from the Peoples Democratic Party because he is not wanted.
This was in reaction to reports that quoted the governor as saying that he may seek another political platform to prosecute his succession battle in the 2018 governorship poll.
Last week Wednesday, Fayose was quoted to have said:
“I don’t know the platform I will use for the 2018 election yet and at the appropriate time, I will tell you. We are still studying the situation. We have to play the game left, right and centre and whoever we are going to use and the platform, you will all be part of the process because party politics is about the people.
“You all saw how people sold their votes in Ondo State, I am confident that that will not happen in Ekiti. I am close to the people; you are the source of my strength. Even if it requires just 48 hours to any election, if I tell you where to go, you will surely follow me there.”
However, in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun on Sunday, the APC said Fayose “is jittery following PDP’s loss in Ondo and is considering defecting to APC to save his skin.”
The statement read: “Fayose is always seeking to be relevant in party politics with his party dominating at the centre to enable him get away with his many cases of illegality and lawless conducts.
“Fayose has been jittery and confused since the PDP lost Ondo State to the ruling APC against all odds and calculations and as a political gambler, who has traversed many parties since 2003 till present, starting from the PDP to APGA, Labour party, romanced briefly with ACN and PPA before moving back to the PDP even as he romanced AD in the last week governorship election, he is at his wits again to save his skin.
“Sensing that PDP is in the throes of death, he is contemplating dumping the party for APC, but there is no place for him in APC as he is only looking for an escape route from prosecution for his various infractions on the law since his first aborted tenure as governor.”
“Fayose is a blight to any political association he finds himself. For instance, he chased those who helped him win election in 2003 away from PDP and attacked several other members with thugs before he was sacked over criminal conduct only to return to the same party to cause more confusion in Sheriff/Makarfi fractious PDP where he paid his benefactors, including Buruji Kashamu, with evil.
“APC will never accept such a destabilising character and does not have a space for such a demagogue without any ideological bent other than to seize state powers for personal benefits after causing confusion and disaffection among the leaders and running members to the bush.”
“No amount of defection to any party would save Fayose from prosecution.
“It is an act of insincerity on the part of Fayose, who daily boasts that he is the leader of opposition, to now dump his party for the party in power thinking that would save him from prosecution.
“The party he is planning to defect to is the same party whose members he has clamped in jail for over two years on trumped-up charges and whose many members were harassed, maimed and chased out of town shortly before the Presidential and National Assembly elections in 2015.
“Fayose is a trickster and a professional conman who deceives his hapless followers by saying things he does not mean and making promises he does not intend to keep.
“His latest hint that he may dump PDP which he later recanted has exposed him as a man of unstable character who should not be taken seriously.”