- Governor Kayode Fayemi has been accused of anti-party activities in the APC
- The governor was alleged to have supported Godwin Obaseki, the candidate of the PDP in the just-concluded Edo state governorship election
- The allegation was made by some aggrieved Ekiti APC chieftains led by Senator Babafemi Ojudu
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Some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state have alleged that Governor Kayode Fayemi supported Godwin Obaseki, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just-concluded Edo state governorship election.
A report by Premium Times noted that those who made the allegation are a group of politicians within the party in Ekiti who have been at loggerheads with Governor Fayemi for some time.
The aggrieved politicians are said to be led by the special adviser on political matters to President Muhammadu Buhari, Babafemi Ojudu.
Ojudu and 11 others were recently summoned to appear before a panel for allegedly disobeying the party’s directive and failure to withdraw cases instituted against the party in court.
In an official reaction to their summon, the affected politicians in a statement signed by one Bamgboye Adegoroye on Monday, September 21 said Fayemi was responsible for their summons.
The stakeholders also said despite assisting the governor politically, Fayemi has decided to punish them by appointing new executives of the party in a private home in Iyin-Ekiti, which they said violates the constitution of the party.
They also accused the governor of hounding them and suspending members, leading them to resort to instituting court cases to protect their rights.
Despite the allegations by the aggrieved Ekiti APC chieftains, a foremost pro-democracy think tank, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has rated the conduct and outcome of the September 19 governorship election in Edo state as relatively credible.
CDD which deployed 250 stationary and roving observers to keep a close eye on key processes in the election, handed down its verdict in a final observation briefing held on Monday, September 21 in Abuja.
The Centre noted that the election was relatively peaceful when compared to other polls recently conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Legit.ng had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari also congratulated Obaseki following his successful re-election as the governor of Edo state.
In a statement released by his spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari advised Obaseki to show grace and humility in victory.