GOVERNOR Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has been described as a frustrated man who is desperate to hold on to power, even at the expiration of his second term tenure.
Former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said this in a statement issued on Sunday by Mr Niyi Ojo, the director of PAAM, his media organisation.
The former governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said recent actions of Governor Fayose pointed to the fact that his recent losses (the defections of some state lawmakers and his Chief of Staff to the All Progressives Congress) have turned him into a desperate man.
Noting that power was fast slipping away from the governor, Adeyeye said, ”Fayose is confused, frustrated and desperate at the moment. His recent actions show that he is not his usual confident and braggart self.
‘He recently promoted 46,000 workers in one clean swoop, in order to entice the workers in the state to vote for his anointed candidate. He is not even making any attempt to cover up his tracks.
“He did not even bother to dress it up (sic), from the political gimmick that it is. The act was purely an election gimmick and he is not even bothered about people knowing that it was a political charade. Everybody knew it was a political gimmick. It shows his level of desperation.
“These are workers he has not paid for eight months now and he has been going round to collect and clone their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the Government House.”
Adeyeye, however, said the people were not deceived, adding that they would vote for the APC governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who he said had assured that he would reinstate any worker or teacher that may be sacked by Fayose.
Reacting, however, Governor Fayose said it was Adeyeye that was desperate and powered by inordinate political ambition, noting that he would regret his actions after the July 14 governorship election.
The governor, in a statement by his CPS, Mr Idowu Adelusi, further described Adeyeye as a confused and shameless politician who had become the spokesman of Fayemi, adding “What a shame? after July 14, he will regret his actions.
“This is why after he had endorsed, praised and described the PDP governorship primary as the best conducted by the party so far and which was reported by newspapers radio and television stations, he capitulated a day and for days he cris-crossed all other political parties, looking for one to adopt him as flag bearer without success.
“He is a confused person and that is why he took action that will sink him politically. When Tinubu [Senator Bola] supported Fashola and Ambode in Lagos and when Oshiomhole [Adams] supported Obaseki in Edo, is it because they wanted to continue to stay in power?
“I have said it earlier and I am repeating it that Adeyeye has no record of winning the election. In 1999 when all the AD senatorial candidates in the South West won their elections, Adeyeye was defeated ignominiously by Gbenga Aluko of the PDP in Ekiti South Senatorial District.
“Adeyeye is an ingrate. It is Fayose who nominated him to become Minister of State for Works. It is Fayose who appointed him as Chairman, Governing Council of Ekiti State University (EKSU). It is this same Fayose who nominated him for the position of PDP National Public Secretary. Now, this Fayose has become a bad man.”