Former Ekiti state governor; Ayodele Fayose and the now former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South West; Dr. Eddy Olafeso have been chastised over their recent utterances regarding the just concluded Zonal election of the party in Oshogbo, Osun state Capital.
The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, made this known in a press release as he called on the former governor and other party leaders to stand by the truth, be men of their words and give the necessary support to the new zonal chairman of the party, Amb. Taofeek Arapaja.
The press statement was released in response to a press interview by former Governor Fayose on a popular TV station; Channels and another by Dr. Olafeso, where they both unfairly mispresented facts on the outcome of the Oshogbo congress.
“We implore all stakeholders in the South-West PDP to accept the outcome of the Oshogbo congress in good faith and join hands with other leaders to build a virile party that is ready to return the glory of the PDP in the zone,” the statement said.
Adisa further noted that Governor Makinde had already regarded the Oshogbo zonal congress as a family matter, having declared that there would neither be a victor nor a vanquished, warning Fayose and others of his ilk to desist from trying to morally blackmail Seyi Makinde.
He maintained that Governor Makinde remains open to collaborative ideas and is always ready to cooperate with all leaders to rebuild the South-West PDP , with a view to returning the party into its former glory.
The statement added that it was unfair for any stakeholder to go to a national television to attack Makinde and impugn the integrity of the peaceful and transparent congress.
According to the CPS, the allegations by Fayose, especially his reference to Governor Makinde as being ‘quiet but deadly’ were baseless, made in bad faith and should be ignored by all well-meaning individuals.
He also stated that it appeared that those raising unfounded issues against the congress might be smarting from ‘failing in an art they thought they had perfected.’
The statement also adds that the orchestrated media assault against Makinde is a misguided and untoward development, adding that those involved should desist from trying to tarnish the governor’s image.
The governor’s aide wondered why the former Ekiti governor, Dr. Olafeso and others are trying to impugn the integrity of the peaceful, transparent and fair congress, by citing developments unconnected with the congress.
He noted that the claim that some members of a Road Transport Union followed Governor Makinde to Oshogbo was false.
Adisa also added that the governor is a peace-loving man and that he should not be accused of something he knows nothing about.
He stated that any individual could have found his/her way to Osogbo and claimed to have been in the governor’s convoy but that such claim should be taken with a pinch of salt.
The media aide further wondered why despite the claims by Fayose and Olafeso, there was not a single case of violence or arrest of anyone loyal to Governor Makinde at the congress.
Adisa claimed that Fayose’s attempt to sully Governor Seyi Makinde’s name is preposterous, claiming that freedom of expression and movement is available to be enjoyed by all and sundry and noting that the former governor should have raised awareness instead of trying to blackmail Seyi Makinde.
“The South-West PDP zonal congress held in Oshogbo has come and gone and there is no doubt that it will go down the history lane as one of the most peaceful PDP congresses in the zone.