The All Progressives Congress, Ekiti state chapter, has denounced a group, the Ekiti APC Youths Congress (EAYC), which it said is being sponsored by Governor Ayo Fayose to disparage the 19 APC lawmakers.
Femi Ogundare, APC youth leader for the state, in a statement, stated that the group, led by Tope Ogunkuade and Tunji Adeleye, is a creation of Fayose and its members not of the party. Ogundare also accused Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, of leading a “shameless propaganda” in the media against the party and the embattled legislators.
“We had earlier alerted Nigerians to this fraud by Lere Olayinka who is notorious for shameless propaganda in the media, particularly the social media. He is as dangerous as his boss, all of whom can’t survive where the law works.
“There is nobody by the name Tope Ogunkuade and Comrade Tunji Adeleye in our party. These are anonymous persons that Lere has been using as the Convener and Secretary of the phantom Ekiti APC Youth Congress. We have a data of all our about 250,000 members and we can’t find these names on the list. We also have the data of all caucuses and groups in our party and we can’t find this group,” Ogunsare stated.
Ogundare added that he had earlier spoken out against the phony groups sponsored by Fayose to disparage the party leaders and present the APC as being in crisis.
“The purported youth group had in their press release that time counselled (former Governor Kayode) Fayemi to stay at home as Fayose was doing in PDP to create an impression that it was speaking for our party.
”We have discipline and structure in our party that does not allow anybody or group to issue public statements on behalf of the party. We are relieved in the belief that the public, especially Ekiti people, are conversant with Fayose’s penchant for blackmail. There is no prominent Ekiti person that Fayose has not tainted with his brush of blackmail. If Fayose could paste Are Afe Babalola’s posters to portray him as a gubernatorial aspirant in 2005 contesting election with him just to blackmail the man, then there is no limit to what he can do to embarrass his victims.
The party said it is in solidarity with “our lawmakers for all the actions they have taken to so far to rein in the reckless abuse of the Constitution by those who have no respect for constitutional democracy. All efforts to distract them in their patriotic actions by irresponsible acts of lawless people in government will fail”.
“Since the emergency peacemakers didn’t talk when Mr. Fayose used 7 PDP members to impeach the Speaker with the majority of 19, and proceeded to repeal and pass bills with 7 members, they should as well advise the Governor to answer for his constitutional breaches”
“The lawless governor should be ready for the consequences of his illegal acts which the emergency peace-makers failed to criticise until they knew their man was about paying for the consequences of his constitutional abuses. There is no shenanigans that can stop this patriotic intervention by Ekiti State House of Assembly ably led by Dr. (Adewale) Omirin,” Ogundare stated.