Fayemi denies use of stadium for Atiku’s campaign, PDP alleges.
· It’s not true, says governor
· ‘Ekiti will benefit from Buhari’s re-election’
Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that Governor Kayode Fayemi deprived the party use of the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium to hold a presidential campaign for Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku’s campaign train is scheduled to visit Ekiti on Monday, January 14, to canvass for votes from the electorate in the February 16 polls.
Briefing journalists in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, state Chairman of the party, Gboyega Oguntuase, said it smacked of disrespect for the state government to frustrate the party from using the stadium it requested for its campaign.
Oguntuase said the action again confirms fear by the opposition party that the APC was desperate to rig the poll and subvert the will of the populace in the 2019 elections.
But the government in its reply dated January 8, 2019, and signed by Director, Administration, and Supplies, Ekiti State Sports Council, on behalf of the General Manager, Akinola P.A., held that the stadium was under reconstruction and that it has to be prevented from vehicular movement.
Fayemi also described the allegation as misdirected and spurious, saying the civil servants only replied the letter based on the prevailing situation and that he never influenced their opinion on the matter.
Fayemi, who reacted through his Senior Special Assistant on Public Communications, Segun Dipe, said: “When we came on board, virtually all the facilities were in a state of disrepair. The Ikogosi Warm Spring, the Fountain Hotel and the stadium are some of them.”
Meanwhile, Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Bisi Egbeyemi, has said the state will benefit from the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and urged the electorate to vote for the President in the February 16 presidential election.
He said Ekiti people should keep faith with the APC at the federal level, to enjoy a better standard of living and good governance.
According to him, Ekiti will be better off when its people are ruled by the same party at the federal and state levels, noting that the state has more to gain if Buhari returns to office.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Odunayo Ogunmola, he urged the Ekiti electorate to vote for all APC candidates in the national and state Assembly elections.
The deputy governor said this when he received officials of the Presidential Support Committee for Buhari/Osinbajo, who paid him a courtesy visit in Ado-Ekiti.