The 13 aggrieved governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State have declared that former governor of the state, Ayo Fayose, who emerged the governorship candidate of the party at its recent primaries, cannot be governor in view of the fact that the exercise was manipulated by the national leadership of the party in his favour.
According to the aggrieved aspirants, officials of the party at the national level were “heavily compromised” to rig the primary election in favour of the former governor, who was declared winner by the Peter Odili-led panel.
Speaking on an Ekiti State Television (EKTV) programme, ‘Ekiti Decides’ and monitored in Ado-Ekiti, the Chairman of the Forum of Ekiti PDP Governorship Aspirants, Chief Abiodun Aluko, and two other aspirants, Senator Gbenga Aluko and Mrs. Modupe Ogundipe, who featured on the programme, also expressed sadness that the process that produced Fayose only ended as “allocation of cooked up figures” to aspirants that did not participate in the primary.
According to Aluko, Fayose “not only has a skeleton in his cupboard but also has a graveyard in his cupboard,” saying fielding such a candidate at the polls would spell doom for the party.
Aluko, who contended that Fayose did not complete the process of re-absorption into the party, noted that it violates the PDP constitution.
He described the March 22 primary as “mere allocation of figures” to aspirants to confer some credibility on the process adding that the PDP is sending a wrong signal to Nigerians by going ahead to conduct a “very fraudulent primary.”
The former National Assembly lawmaker said he would not expect somebody of Odili calibre to preside over a fraudulent primary given his (Odili’s) experience in politics.
He said: â€œIt would take a combination of American and Russian forces by Fayose to unseat Governor Kayode Fayemi at the June 21 poll” because Ekiti cannot accept a candidate that emerged through a fraudulent process.
According to him, the 2015 presidential election starts with the Ekiti governorship election, saying if the electoral process could start on a wrong premise, next year’s poll may end on a wrong conclusion.
“The party in power at the federal level should not be seen to be perpetrating such a fraud in a contest among its members,” he maintained.
Also, Mrs. Ogundipe explained that it became clear to the 13 aspirants that the national leadership of the party was acting out a script when the party’s membership was transferred to Abuja without their knowledge.
She stated that names of delegates to vote at the primary was supposed to have been pasted at the state party secretariat at least 12 hours before the exercise was conducted, expressing regret that this was not done.