The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose has accused the State Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi of threatening traditional rulers in the State not to receive President Goodluck Jonathan when he comes to Ekiti State for the Flag-Off of the PDP gubernatorial campaign.
Fayose alleged that Governor Fayemi sent a text message to the Chairman, Ekiti State Council of Obas and the Onitaji of Itaji-Ekiti, Oba Idowu Adamo Babalola, telling him to make sure that first class Obas in the State do not attend the reception scheduled for the palace of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe.
According to a release issued by the Director General, Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, “Fayemi sent text message to the Onitaji of Itaji-Ekiti that the Obas must not receive President Jonathan.”
The governorship candidate, who described the Fayemi’s action as childish and petty, said; “It is regrettable and ridiculous that a State Governor would go to such ridiculous and childish level just because of an election that he has already lost.”
While describing the APC government as enemy of Ekiti progress, Fayose said; “Meeting with President Jonathan by first class Obas in Ekiti State is a rare opportunity for representations on the State developmental demands from the Federal Government to be made by the Obas.
“Such a meeting is an opportunity for our Obas to tell the President what Ekiti people want from the Federal Government. But because of parochial partisan politics, Fayemi is threatening the Obas not to come to Ewi’s palace to receive the President.
“This is no doubt shameful, childish, petty and wicked!
“We are however confident that our Royal Fathers are not robots that can be tossed around by Fayemi. They are not useless Obas as shamelessly alluded by Fayemi’s godfather, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Our Obas are men of honour and integrity, who can never allow anyone to use them to settle political scores.”