Oshiomhole’s allegation laughable, a figment of his imagination, says Fayemi
APC top official says Oshiomhole’s false claims aimed at 2023 primary
By Samuel Ogunsona
The Government of Ekiti State has dismissed as tissues of lies claims by former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole that Dr Kayode Fayemi, the current Governor of Ekiti State once asked him to rig election election him.
In a statement made available to Irohinoodua and signed by the Chief Press Secretary, (CPS) in Ekiti State, Yinka Oyebode said Oshiomhole who later became the Chiarman of All Prigressives Congress, (APC) made spurious allegations
A top APC official who spoke to Irohinoodua in Abuja told our correspondent that Oshiomhole’s allegations were consistent with his “unstable and riotous character.”
The APC official who worked with Oshiomhole when he was the APC Chairman said there was no way a Party Chairman could have rigged election when he was neither Independent Electoral Commission, (INEC) Chairman nor an influential voter or politician in Ekiti State.
“Adams is at it again. He is a liar. He is trying to work for some interests ahead of the Presidential election. He should have done this without his characteristic dust of lies”, the top official said.
The source said for Oshiomhole to chose a National TV to make such false allegation against his own party indicates how tactless he is.
“Using the TV to attack a state Governor in your own party is reckless. It is a sponsored campaign ahead of the 2023 Presidential primary” the source who does not wish to be named said.
In his response, Oyebode said the allegation, which was made on a national television, is not only false, puerile and laughable, it is a figment of the imagination of the former APC Chairman as Governor Fayemi has never asked Oshiomhole to rig any election for him or any other person and never had any reason to ask for such.
“Members of the public are therefore urged to disregard the allegations by Comrade Oshiomhole, who apparently is still experiencing a post traumatic stress disorder on account of his removal as Chairman of APC” Oyebode said.
He argued that it is on record that Dr Fayemi was not responsible for Comrade Oshiomhole’s removal as Chairman of the APC adding that has his ward executives and the courts to blame for that.
“The Ekiti State Governor has always considered Comrade Oshiomhole a friend and political associate even if they had fundamental differences over his kangaroo approach of disqualifying Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, from the APC primaries and his unconscionable autocratic management of party affairs whilst he was chairman of the party.”
For avoidance of doubt, Oyebode said Governor Fayemi has no reason to approach Comrade Oshiomhole for favours for any election.
“Governor Fayemi has a stellar track record of being a consummate democrat even in difficult times.
Many Nigerians can easily recall his historic concession speech in 2014 in an election that was clearly lost to electoral sleight of hand at the behest of the then People’s democratic Party (PDP) –led Federal Government.
“Others will also recall how he spent years in court patiently pursuing the retrieval of his stolen mandate between 2007 and 2010. He has demonstrated nothing but decency, decorum and fidelity to the rule of law in all his years in politics and public office.”
Oyebode challenged Mr Oshiomhole to provide the public with independently verifiable evidence of his unsubstantiated claims, if true.
“Governor Fayemi remains steadfast in the pursuit of his aspiration to get the APC ticket for the 2023 presidential election. No amount of mudslinging from disenchanted individuals would distract or discourage him,” Oyebode said.