Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has told the former Minister of Works, Dayo Adeyeye, and other aggrieved chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that they are free to decamp to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He says there are reports of internal discontent with the adoption of his deputy, Kolapo Olusola, as his successor.

The governor said he will not apologise for adopting Olusola as the PDP’s governorship candidate ahead of the 2018 governorship poll.

Fayose spoke at a declaration of ambition (tagged ‘baby declaration’) by Olusola in Ado Ekiti on Monday.

Last week, Adeyeye formally declared his intention to seek the plum seat in Ado Ekiti.

The former minister as well as the senator representing Ekiti South in the Senate, Biodun Olujimi, former Nigeria’s envoy to Canada, Ambassador Dare Bejide, and the immediate past Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and known Fayose’s protégé, Owoseeni Ajayi, had jointly condemned the adoption of Olusola as the sole candidate.

They described the action taken by a section of the party as too pedestrian and antithetical to democratic norms.

But Fayose at the rally said he is not in any way rattled by the negative utterances being hurled against him by anti-Olusola aspirants.

He said: “The PDP has taken a position, I say we have taken a position and we have no apologies for that and the position was that Olusola should take over after me as the governor of Ekiti.

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“It doesn’t matter to us how many people that are abusing us by our action. They are even free to join our adversaries, but we will defeat them as the God liveth.

“This is just a baby declaration, the date of the declaration will be announced later. By the grace of God, Olusola will be governor of Ekiti.

“Olusola never said he wanted to be deputy governor, but God instructed me to pick him. I said we will go together after our tenure, but God said I should allow him to stay that what I said was my own opinion.

“This is a show of strength to tell them, I mean the APC that we are here. We have what it takes to win election.

“They said they want to rig election, that will not happen here in Ekiti, they should look elsewhere. Thy must know that politics is not played in the other room but in the living room.

“This government started with nothing, but we have achieced a lot. We have improved the infrastructural development. We built the flyover, the Oja Oba market, the new governor’s office.

“I came, I saw and we conquered. If you want to rig, not in Ekiti. Look elsewhere because I am a streetwise boy. We are good at the game. I am not someone you can trick and score in my net.

“They want to cause disaffection in PDP. You will wait in vain. Whether you like it or not, Olusola will become the governor. This struggle is to prevent Ekiti from going into slavery.”

In his reaction, Adeyeye said: “ It was regrettable that Fayose was using executive powers to coerce and threaten the civil servants and students to attend a political rally of a stooge aspirant, this was despicable. It violates the fundamental rights of freedom of association of these people.

“We sympathise with Ekiti people because we have never had it so bad not even during the despotic military rule. A Yoruba idiom says ‘It is easy to drag a horse to a river but very difficult to force the horse to drink water.’

“You can force delegates to attend rallies but you can’t force them to vote in a secret ballot electoral system.”

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