- The Ekiti chapter of the PDP has accused the Kayode Fayemi-led APC state govt of refusing to grant its request for a venue to hold a campaign rally for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
- The PDP said the Fayemi administration's alleged decision to frustrate its plans to use the Oluyemi Kayode stadium as a venue for the campaign, smacked of disrespect
- Governor Fayemi, however, described the allegation as misdirected and spurious
The All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government of Dr Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti has been accused by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), of refusing to grant its request for a venue to hold a campaign rally for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the party's presidential candidate, in the state.
The PDP state chairman, Barr Gboyega Oguntuase, while briefing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, January 9, said the action had again attested to the widespread fear by the opposition party that the APC was desperate to rig the forthcoming elections and subvert the will of the populace, Leadership reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Oguntuase said the Fayemi administration's alleged decision to frustrate the plans of the PDP to use the Oluyemi Kayode stadium as a venue for the campaign, smacked of disrespect.
Ahead of the February 16 presidential election, Atiku‘s campaign train is scheduled to visit Ekiti state on Monday, January 14 to canvass for votes from the electorate.
In a January 8, 2019 response which was signed by the director, administration and supplies, Ekiti State Sports Council, on behalf of the general manager, Akinola P.A., the state government held that the stadium was under reconstruction and that it had to be prevented from vehicular movement at this time.
The letter read: “I have been directed to refer to your letter received in January 2 requesting the use of Oluyemi Kayode Stadium for your presidential campaign.
“However, there was need to let you know that the stadium is under repair in preparation for the next football season and wetting. The tracks need to be prevented from vehicular movement and for this reason, we decline the use of this facility.”
Governor Fayemi, in response to the allegations by the PDP, said the civil servants only replied to the letter based on the prevailing situation. Fayemi described the allegation as misdirected and spurious, insisting that as a governor who believes in due process in the civil service, he never influenced the opinion of the civil servants in the matter .
Responding on Fayemi's behalf, senior special assistant on public communications, Segun Dipe, said: “When we came on board, virtually all the facilities were in a state of disrepair. The Ikogosi warm spring, the fountain hotel and this stadium are one of them.
“As a responsible government, we must take steps to put them back to normal shape and Fayemi won’t take any step that would infringe on the right of anyone as a democrat. Even, the PDP didn’t request for the facility through the governor and it was wrong for them to have blamed him in the first instance."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Kogi state presidential campaign council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raised an alarm over alleged plots to attack the party's presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in Lokoja.
Atiku, the PDP's presidential candidate was billed for a rally in the state capital on Monday, January 7. The campaign council fingered Governor Yahaya Bello and the APC in the alleged plot.
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