The Peoples Democratic Party Chairman in Ekiti State, Chief Gboyega Oguntuwase, has accused Governor Kayode Fayemi of frustrating the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, from campaigning in the state.
Oguntuwase, who alleged that the state government denied the PDP the use of Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti for Atiku’s campaign billed for Monday next week, called on the Federal Government “to prevail on Governor Fayemi to allow us hold the presidential rally in that stadium.”
He told journalists at a press conference in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday that the state government, through a letter from the state sports council, deprived the PDP the use of the stadium on the excuse that it was undergoing reconstruction.
“This is disrespect to the PDP and the person of Alhaji Atiku. If the government fails to grant our request, we will have no option than to use any major road in the state capital as campaign ground. Atiku, the next president, can’t be stopped by any political juvenile,” the PDP chairman said.
But Fayemi described the allegation as spurious, saying civil servants at the sports council replied to the letter based on the prevailing situation and that he never had any opinion on the matter.
The governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Public Communications, Mr Segun Dipe, said, “When we came on board, virtually all the facilities were in a state of disrepair. As a responsible government, we must take steps to put them back to normal shape.”
“Fayemi will not take any step that would infringe on the right of anyone as a democrat. The PDP didn’t request for the facility through the governor and it is wrong for the party to blame Fayemi,” he stated.