The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state has accused former Gov. Ayo Fayose and his men of planning to disrupt this year’s edition of Udiroko festival coming up in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.
Mr Sam Oluwalana, Senior Special Assistant on Media, Party Matters, to Gov. Kayode Fayemi, who doubles as the state APC Director of Media, made the claim in a statement issued on Monday in Ado Ekiti.
Fayose has, however, dismissed the allegation as not only idle and unfounded but also irresponsible, saying that the present administration is only afraid of him.
According to Oluwalana, the party has unearthed plans “by some disgruntled and rejected politicians in the state to cause havoc during the celebration of the annual Udiroko festival in Ado Ekiti this week”.
The politicians, he said, had “failed to garner the people’s support through the ballot and are now trying to achieve this through the back door”.
He stated that part of their antics was to hide under the celebration of the annual festival to cause crisis.
According to him, all these are in an attempt to portray the present administration as not doing enough to protect the citizens.
“We have it on good authority that a former governor of the state wants to hide under the Udiroko festival to launch himself back into the politics of the state, having failed woefully to achieve this through the ballot.
“The former governor and his cohorts, having been traumatised by the gale of unprecedented achievements of the Fayemi-led administration, are now attempting to make a return to the politics of the state through the back door.
“He is aware that his antics, while in the saddle for four years during which he selfishly allocated the wealth of the state to himself and his immediate family, have been exposed.
“It is obvious that after over a year of manipulating themselves into power, they are still afraid of the shadow of Fayose.
“Rather than jumping up and down, spinning unfounded lies against Fayose who is moving on with life, Fayemi and his agents in APC should concentrate on making life meaningful to the people.
`’Fayemi should also endeavour to give Udiroko festival the same level of glamour and attention it enjoyed during the administration of Fayose instead of looking for a cheap way to gain attention”, he said.