Former Governor Ayodele Fayose has been accused of stage-managing the rigging of last Saturday’s ad hoc delegate congress in Ekiti state.
A group in the State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under the auspices of Ekiti Political Intervention Coalition (EPIC), called on the National Working Committee of the party to suspend the former governor.
EPIC said the congress, which was expected to have been conducted by a National Committee chaired by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, was supervised by one Emmanuel Enoidem.
In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Hon. Banji Dada, on Sunday, Dada posited that “We expect Senator Ayu-led National Working Committee to rise to the occasion and ensure the nullification of the entire process and ensure the suspension of Ayodele Fayose from the party”.
The group stated further: “However, what we do not expect was the extent of culpability of the five-man ad-hoc committee sent by the National Working Committee of the party, which was led by an impostor.
“We wish to inform the NWC and the entire leadership of the party that the ad-hoc election exercise to nominate three-person delegates was led and conducted by an interloper and someone unknown to law and the directive of the party.
“While the party announced H.E. Chief Udom Emmanuel as the chairman of the committee but strangely, the exercise was, however, conducted by a different person, an impostor called Emmanuel Enoidem, the immediate past National Legal Adviser of the PDP.
“This Emmanuel Enoidem was not listed and recognised by the NWC to be the Chairman of the Ekiti Ad-hoc delegates exercise, based on its official announcement, which has now rendered the entire exercise a nullity”.
It added: “a large number of the committee members sent to Ekiti for the congress, had served under Uche Secondus led NWC described as tax collectors by Gov Nyesome Wike, while they also tried to frustrate Gov Makinde of Oyo State over the Southwest zonal executives.
“Some of them are known loyalists of Fayose and have enjoyed his patronage.
“There was no ad-hoc election known to law in the entire 177 wards in Ekiti State, except for an afterthought kangaroo arrangement in a few locations where some persons were told to start jubilating on camera shouting “Oshoko” to justify the electoral robbery.
“The entire exercise was a mockery cooked up to impose an aspirant on the PDP in Ekiti State.”