The Chairman Oyo Pacesetters Company and Oyo PDP chieftain, Dare Adeleke has advised Ex-Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose to allow peace to reign in the PDP South West.
He also told Ayo Fayose, former Governor of Ekiti State, to stop deceiving the public with lies and a false narrative of the just concluded PDP South West Congress.
It will be recalled that Fayose, in a press statement, after a meeting with his loyalists had released a statement protesting the role of Senator Samuel Anyanwu at the Congress.
The statement signed by the ex-governor’s spokesperson read: “It is imperative that we point out to the party leadership, the ignoble role of the Congress Committee Secretary, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, who did not hide the fact that he was in the committee to do his usual hatchet job.
“We condemn Senator Samuel Anyanwu for his clear display of bias during the congress. But for the honesty, sincerity and steadfastness of the Deputy Governor of Benue State, Engr. Benson Abounu, who acted as the Congress Committee Chairman on behalf of Governor Samuel Ortom, the whole process would have been so crudely manipulated by Anyanwu.
“It is on record that twice, Senator. Anyanwu added ten votes to those of the eventual winner and it took the vigilance of those at the hall to correct him while counting the ballots for the chairmanship election.”
Adeleke noted that Fayose is twisting the truth on it’s head as he was the one who was recorded openly intimidating delegates from Ekiti State and openly trying to manipulate the Ogun State delegates.
In a statement issued in Ibadan Tuesday, Adeleke stated that it is against natural justice for Fayose to turn around to accuse another person of acts perpetuated by himself.
Adeleke commended the roles of Senator Anyanwu and Benson Abounu, the deputy governor of Benue State who represented Governor Otom as chairman of the Congress
“While we note that their meeting was held within a week after election, we will still acknowledge the support of ex- Governor Fayose and other leaders at the Congress. However, those who feel aggrieved despite the free and fair process of the Congress, must be cautious of their statements against Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu.
Anyanwu has been in public service for a very long time and has served Nigeria in different capacities. I must point out that this is a man who has lived a life of servitude, having started his career from the grassroots level. From two term as Local government chairman to representing his people in the House of Assembly for two terms, acting as commissioner in his state before being giving the baton to represent his Imo East constituency in the Senate. This is a life of sacrifice and integrity.
Anyanwu, Abounu and other members of the Congress Committee, deserve medals for the level of coordination and discipline they injected at the Congress. I must commend the PDP for the discernment in assigning the duty to men of high repute which necessitated a free, fair, peaceful and seamless election.
It is really unfortunate that after vowing to accept the result of the Congress and congratulating the winner, Ambassador Taofeeq Arapaja, Fayose is still going about town disparaging Governor Makinde of Oyo State and the Congress Committee with foul untruths.
He is trying to tarnish the image of Senator Anyanwu and Benson Abounu, a man who has traversed both corporate and public service acting in top capacities without a blemish.
Fayose and his supporters must stop the public display of shame.
Everyone present will attest to the fact that they actually had a free day by engaging in very unethical practices. They were the ones who brought in non delegates to vote.
It will be recalled that I personally raised an objection by raising my voice, when Dr Eddy Olafeso, was trying to intimidate Senator Anyanwu. I vehemently disallowed him from bringing in non delegates into the Congress.
The fact is, after having exhausting their dubious tricks, Fayose and his men or so called loyalists, actually had more than they could chew, when their efforts to bring more non delegates failed.
We must commend Gov. Seyi Makinde, who, for the sake of peace, actually over looked their shenanigans and anti democratic acts, they perpetuated.
The fact is that the controversial ten votes they are citing were voided and they ought to have been part of Ambassador Arapaja’s votes. If those votes were even added to Eddy Olafeso ‘s votes, Arapaja could have still won. I advice Gov Fayose, to allow the peace reign in our zone.
I will also advice Ayo Fayose and his gang to allow Ambassador Arapaja settle down for work.
If he truly has the party at heart, he should stop all the untruths, stop spreading bad blood and undermining the Congress.”