The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has declared that any plot to remove the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose will not serve the interest of the party, calling on all party members to focus their minds on the 2018 governorship election.
State Chairman of the party, High Chief Jide Awe, in his reaction to claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State that former governor and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi was behind a renewed plot to approach the Supreme Court for a review of its judgment validating Governor Fayose’s election, said the APC in Ekiti State will not support anyone embarking on wild goose chase of Fayose’s removal when another governorship election is close by.
High Chief Jide Awe debunked the PDP claim and vowed that Dr Kayode Fayemi will never be part of any plot to bring the Supreme Court to disrepute by asking the court to review its own judgment when he knew that it lacked powers to do so.
He said it was time that the APC in Ekiti State stopped deceiving its members and teeming supporters with stories of Fayose will be removed today and Fayose will be removed tomorrow. What we need now is to be truthful to ourselves and our supporters.
After June 21, 2014, we fed our supporters with story of Fayose will not be sworn in and they actually believed us. After Fayose assumed office, we boasted to our supporters that he will be impeached within three months, now he is close to three years in office. I don’t think it makes any sense for anyone to be talking about going to Supreme Court or anywhere on Fayose’s removal and I believe Dr Kayode Fayemi, himself understands that.
Most importantly, when we went to the tribunal to challenge Fayose’s victory, Dr Fayemi never supported us at the initial stage. It was even when he (Fayemi) knew that he won’t be the beneficiary of Fayose’s impeachment that the impeachment plot spearheaded by Rt. Hon. Adewale Omirin failed.
It is on record that assembly members loyal to Dr Fayemi worked against the impeachment and I am sure that the same Dr Fayemi will not be investing his resources on Fayose’s removal now that election is less than 15 months.
I therefore urge those who have declared their interest to vie for our party ticket to contest the 2018 governorship election not to continue with their mobilisation. They should not be bothered with any story of anyone going to the Supreme Court to orchestrate Fayose’s removal because I can say it categorically that such move will only make Ekiti people to see our party as trying to destabilise the State.
I also urge Ekiti people to begin to see between the lines and restore their confidence and trust in our party.