The storm raging in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State is yet to abate as Senator Ayo Arise and other aggrieved aspirants yesterday rejected the results of last Saturday’s congresses conducted by the party in the state.
Arise and the other aspirants had alleged that Governor Ayodele Fayose was using his position to manipulate the delegates’ list for the congress last Friday. The angry PDP chieftains had threatened to resist attempt by the governor to impose any candidate on the members, saying it would put in peril the future of the party in the state.
Addressing newsmen in Oye Ekiti yesterday, Arise, who spoke on behalf of other aspirants in Ekiti North Senatorial District, alleged that Governor Fayose and the PDP congress panel, led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, did not distribute electoral materials to any of the five councils in the district.
Arise, who called for a new congress that should be conducted in line with the PDP’s constitution, said he would officially lodge his complaint before the PDP congress appeal panel and call for the reversal of congress to prevent a backlash during the 2015 polls.
Other aggrieved House of Representatives aspirants, who rejected the results yesterday included a former federal lawmaker, Aribisala, former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Patrick Ajigbolamu, former Ikole council boss, Mr. Wole Ayeni and Ayo Ogunsakin.
But describing Arise’s allegations as a ranting of a bad loser, governor Fayose, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, denied imposing any candidate, saying the aspirants were given a level-playing ground, particularly the Assembly aspirants.
His words: “The party was equally given free hand to determine the delegates. Evidence is there to prove that the leaders decided this to avoid rancour.
“The allegations by Senator Arise emanated from a sinking heart. Normally, a loser in African setting will never accept defeat but will engage in name-callings to rubbish a credible process.”
Lending credence to Fayose’s position, the PDP acting Chairman, Mr. Taelolu Otitoju, who said he had not received any official complain from Arise, advised aggrieved members to forward their grievances to the appeal panel that was already on ground to tackle issues emanating from the Saturday’s congress.tweet Follow @@metrolens1