Fayemi Takes Over Fayose’s Political Structure
Few days after victory in court in a case seeking his disqualification, Governor Kayode Fayemi has added another victory to his list.
The governor is gradually taking the political structure of the immediate past governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose.
This follows the defection of so many of Fayose’s political appointees to the governor’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State.
The defectors, who said they were about 500 in number, included former elected and appointed political officials in the local government who served in Fayose’s governments between 2003 and 2007; and 2014 and 2018.
The defectors were received on behalf of Governor Kayode Fayemi and the leadership of Ekiti APC by the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Adeniran Alagbada.
The new defectors promised to work for the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election and also work for the success of other APC candidates in the general elections.
Alagbada who had earlier defected to the APC shortly before the July 14 governorship election, assured that the new defectors would “be treated with respect in their new party.”
According to him, the APC operated “an open door policy,” which he said placed “equality in ranks and opportunities between the old and new members.”
The Speaker added that all their outstanding severance allowances since 2003 will be paid in line with the promise made by Governor Fayemi, this he said was part of the reasons for the defection.
“I have spoken with Governor Fayemi, he had assured me that he will put a smile on your faces. You struggled hard under the PDP led government of Governor Fayose but nothing was done.
“But we have a Governor Fayemi who is responsive and responsible, he has listened to your plight and he was ready to fight for you. He is ready to pay your allowances in spite of the fact that you are members of the opposition.
“When I met the governor, he told me that whether you defect or not that he would pay and that he had instructed the council bosses to begin the processes that would fasttrack the payment.
“Your defecting to APC only connotes that you believe in what Governor Fayemi has been doing. Within two weeks he assumed office, the governor abrogated the taxes being paid in state public and private primary and secondary schools and declared full free education up to secondary level.
“This is the kind of governor we must be electing in Ekiti. A governor that knows how to empower his people , not the one that would pauperise and enslave them the way Fayose did,” he said.
Speaking for the defectors, Kehinde Aduloju from Ado Local Government, said they were fascinated by Fayemi’s sterling leadership qualities to defect to the ruling party.
He regretted that all their days in the PDP barely brought any political dividends to them, alleging that all the promises made for them under the immediate past administration were not fulfilled.
Aduloju said the APC would trounce the PDP in next year’s election in the state, predicating this on the fact that those who matter in PDP have all decamped to the ruling party.
“Today, bigwigs like Senator Raji Rasaki, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Alagbada, Gboyega Aribisogan, Sunday Akinniyi and many others are in APC. To us, PDP had become an empty camp with few relevant politicians to confront APC.
“We have resolved that wherever Governor Fayemi goes we shall follow him. He is one governor that has listening ears, he is receptive to corrections and even criticism.
“We have nothing to fear in APC because the way Prince Adeyeye was given the APC senatorial ticket few days after defection shows that APC remains a good party,” he stated.
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