Ahead of the Ekiti State gubernatorial election, a governorship aspirant, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of intimidating and harassing other aspirants and their supporters.
Adeyeye, who was at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national secretariat in Abuja on Thursday to submit his governorship nomination form, said that “this is not the right time to contest governorship in any state.”
The PDP former spokesman told journalists that the modalities put in place by the party leadership would enhance transparency in the governorship primary and discourage rigging.
He said: “The governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, in September last year said he has already chosen his governorship candidate for the party, even the candidate said that everything was over. We laughed and said that is not possible. This party has a constitution and we believe that we should follow the PDP constitution, there are processes where candidates are chosen.”
While admitting that Fayose has the right to support the candidate of his choice, Adeyeye said that the governor’s insistence that he had an anointed candidate was creating atmosphere of fear in the state.
According to him, “this has created an atmosphere of fear in the state as we speak. So, many party members are so afraid in associating themselves with other aspirants apart from the one anointed by the governor, but we are not bordered about all this, we are still confident that we are going to win. “
Earlier, the National Organising Secretary of the party, Col. Austin Akobundu, who received the nomination form, urged Adeyeye and his supporters to follow the PDP’s guidelines and play by the rules.