Fayemi not planning to rig guber poll, says APC chair Awe


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 The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state, Chief Jide Awe, has denied insinuation that the candidate of the party in the July 14 governorship election, Dr Kayode Fayemi is planning to rig the election.

Awe said the performance of the candidate during his first tenure would earn him the governorship seat for the second term adding that the party had   strong credentials of performances to win under a free and fair atmosphere.

Awe said Fayemi performed well as a governor adding that the party was relying heavily on his strong antecedents to win the coming election.

Speaking in Erinjiyan Ekiti on Monday during a reception held in his honour by the people of the town after spending three years in exile due to alleged murder charge preferred against him by Fayose’s government.

He explained that the  defections of PDP bigwigs, like the former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and ex-Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Owoseeni Ajayi to APC were justifiable, saying they took the action due to alleged dictatorship of Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The APC boss promised that the party top hierarchy would manage the defectors and their supporters to avert unhealthy rivalry with old members, assuring that the decampees shall be rewarded based on contributions to party’s success .

The government alleged Awe to have been responsible for the killings of one Mrs Julianah Adewumi and Ayo Jeje in the town prior to the June 21, 2014 governorship election in the state and he had to flee the state to prevent being arrested.

 

But the state High Court handling the matter had a couple of months ago, discharged and acquitted the APC boss, following the withdrawal of the case. “We are not interested in taking Ekiti about by force, the good credentials of our party in terms of performances in all the 133 towns were sufficient to defeat PDP in this election”, Awe said.

He added, “APC is like a beautiful flower that is attracting all manners of insects,  but we shall reward everybody  based on contributions.

“There is no watertight legal framework that regulates defection and there is no way you can stop people from leaving a party when it was being run like a personal estate the way governor Fayose has been doing in PDP. Not everybody can be comfortable with his style.

“We shall manage them effectively. APC is a big political family with large tentacles that can accommodate everybody”, he said. He added that  the party’s respect for him while away in exile had made him more determined to work for APC’s success in Ekiti.

“I have served for 12 years and the party had done me a great honour. I have been galvanizing our people to work together and win for Fayemi. We have forgotten about the primary, it is now time to work for our party.

“That was the instruction we gave to our members and whoever defies it because he had individual axe to grind with Fayemi will have himself to blame, is like disobeying the party and we won’t tolerate such”, Awe stated.

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