A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Mr. Akinlayo Kolawole, has declared that he is confident that the governor-elect in the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi will survive the judicial onslaught against him by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) on the outcome of the July 14 governorship election.
Kolawole, a House of Representatives aspirant in Ekiti North Federal constituency II in the coming 2019 general elections, said Fayemi’s second coming was divinely arranged by God to save Ekiti from bad governance being experienced under Governor Ayodele Fayose.
Speaking on the ongoing petition filed by the candidate of the PDP in the election, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, claiming that the election was rigged, Kolawole stated that the petitioner will be shamed in the end for allegedly trying to subvert the mandate freely given to APC under a free and fair contest.
The party chieftain said allowing the will of Ekiti to prevail could have been the most honourable thing for the PDP to do on the outcome of the election, saying the dangerous step taken would further affect the fortunes of the party after quitting office.
He said the APC is determined to present more damaging evidence about how its members allegedly perpetrated electoral robbery during the election, adding that turning out to blame APC for their woes indicated that the party was bereft of the right strategies to win election.
“It is rather unfortunate that the PDP could be desperate as far as trying to upturn the mandate freely given to Dr Fayemi and our party in the election.
“Where were they when Governor Fayose was destroying the party by sending away valuable politicians that could add value to Olusola’s ambition? He chased away all those politicians he thought could be a threat to his continuity agenda and he started raising spurious allegations against the opposition when it boomeranged.
“As Governor Fayose was doing this, APC was consolidating and putting its house in order. All the 33 aspirants that contested against Fayemi worked for our party conscientiously in the election when the PDP house was burning because of Governor Fayose’s narrow interest.
“Fayose offended virtually all the 26 lawmakers in the House ad many of them silently worked against the party while some were non-commitant to support Prof Olusola in winning the election and all these factors worked in APC’s favour in the election, so the allegations of money-for-votes and falsification of results being raised by the PDP was an afterthought.
“Apart from that, the parties also got their votes based on their antecedents. When Dr Fayemi was the governor in his first term, he executed projects in all the 133 towns and villages across the 16 local governments while Fayose only worked in Ado and Ikere Ekiti alone, leaving behind 131 towns to remain in darkness for four years of his administration.
“So, Fayemi deserved the votes he got and no amount of litigation can reverse what God had designed to happen to make our state join the league of civilized states”, he said.
Kolawole said his House of Representatives’ ambition in 2019 is meant to consolidate democratic dividends for Ekiti people by joining hands with Fayemi to raise the bar of governance in the state.