The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described Tuesday’s rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti as a charade and a mockery of its governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
The party accused the APC of renting a crowd from neighbouring states to attend the rally, stating that come July 14, the electorate would speak clearly with their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs).
In a statement signed by the party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP mocked what it called the failed attempt by two governors elected on the platform of the APC to save the situation.
The statement read: “Nigerians watched in amusement as even the rented crowd refused to respond to the APC slogan or brandish their brooms, for which Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State openly nagged them for “sleeping” at the rally.
“In a highly embarrassing effort to spur the rented crowd, Kogi State governor Yahaya Bello, from whose state a substantial part of the crowd was rented, had to recourse to his native Ebira language in addressing the rally.
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s attendance worsened the woes of the APC and its candidate, as the President could not boast of any federal project in the state but sought to beguile the people with his usual list of empty promises in his prepared hollow speech.
“This is in addition to empty sloganeering by APC leaders at the rally, particularly, its unelected national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, whose attempt at political showboating could not help the situation.
“It is even reprehensible that the poster boys paraded at the rally included governors, like Bello, who owes salaries in arrears of two years as a result of which many public servants in Kogi State had recourse to suicide.”
The party further took advantage of Dr. Chris Ngige’s gaffe during the rally when he urged Ekiti people to vote for Fayose instead of Fayemi.
“We are not surprised at the remarks by the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige, who, in sub-conscious sincerity, advised the people of Ekiti state to reject the APC candidate and endorsed the PDP-led administration of Governor Ayo Fayose,” it noted, even as it tasked the first citizen “to use the visit to learn the art of governance from Governor Fayose instead of his proclivities for divisiveness, harsh economic policies and de-marketing of our nation in the international arena.”