Loyalists of the Special Adviser on Political Matters in the office of the Vice President, Senator Babafemi Ojudu in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State are said to be angry over the way and manner all federal appointments so far given to the State were cornered by members of the party that are loyal to the Minister of Mines and Steel Development and former governor of the State, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Ojudu’s loyalists are now threatening to leave the APC if the trend is allowed to continue and they are said to have made their position known in a meeting they held with the Presidential aide a few days ago.
Multiple sources said Ojudu, himself was only keeping faith, hoping that something happened at the Presidency that will change the power equation and dislodge Fayemi from the Federal Executive Council.
Ojudu loyalists were said to have been miffed by the recent appointments made by the President in the last three weeks, which went to loyalists of Fayemi, and they are afraid that even Ojudu’s governorship ambition will be a waste of time under the present political arrangement that has Fayemi in total control.
Fayemi’s Deputy, Prof Modupe Adelabu was appointed Chairman of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) while his former Commissioner, Dr Eniola Ajayi was appointed ambassador.
“Last week, another loyalist of Fayemi, Prof Eddy Olanipekun was appointed Chairman, Governing Council of Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe; Bayelsa State.
“It is as if we are not in this party and we cannot continue to pretend. Why is it that only those who enjoyed government in Ekiti State under Fayemi as either Deputy Governor or commissioner are being rewarded again?
“Is it that there are no other people in the party? Is Ekiti APC only about those who served under Fayemi when he was governor?
“We have made our position known to our leader, if Fayemi’s loyalists are the only ones suitable for federal appointments, they should be ready to run the APC alone too and face elections alone,” source quoted one of the aggrieved loyalists of Senator Ojudu to have said after the meeting.
When probed further, the source further revealed that Ojudu blamed Fayemi’s penchant for grabbing everything to himself for the misfortune of the APC in the State.
“Oga (Ojudu) is not happy too. He believes that everything is being grabbed by Fayemi’s group and he understands that politics is about patronage. He just does not have a choice at the moment because the way the party is structured in Ekiti at present, no one can be anything, even councillorship candidate without the blessing of Fayemi.
“The governorship ticket of the APC in Ekiti State is as good as being kept in Fayemi’s pocket unless the power equation in Abuja changes. But he (Ojudu) has assured us that things will change very soon and by then, Fayemi will have been sent back to Ghana,” another of the aggrieved APC members was quoted to have said.
Source: Nigerian Mirror