A former minister of state for works and one of many governorship aspirants in Ekiti State, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, on this interview with OLUSOLA FABIYI, speaks on the latest adoption of the Deputy Governor of the state, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, by Governor Ayodele Fayose as his most well-liked candidate for the 2018 governorship election.
How did you obtain the information of the adoption of the Ekiti State deputy governor by Governor Ayo Fayose? It shouldn’t be the primary time a governor would try this. Why the extreme criticism now? Or is it as a result of it affected you and others?
My celebration has but to undertake any candidate, solely the incumbent governor did. It is the governor who claimed to have adopted anyone and I imagine that, it was a stage-managed present. It was a joke, a theatre of the absurd in show. As far as I’m involved, it was a meaningless train.
But this has occurred earlier than in different states the place sitting governors undertake candidates of their selection?
I don’t know what is going on or has occurred in different states. But what I do know is that it’s mistaken. Even if it has been occurring, that doesn’t make it proper. In any case, I’ve by no means seen it the place a governor would undertake a candidate six months to the primaries anyplace. I feel it is extremely absurd and may be very unbecoming of any individual to do this. It is a really mistaken factor to do. It is able to destroying the celebration and placing the celebration in disarray. Already, it has brought about monumental divisions among the many rank and file of the celebration within the state. We want all people on board to win the following election. We want all fingers on the deck for that. Don’t neglect that we don’t have the type of sources we used to have earlier than. So, what we’ve got and want is our unity and our power. If anyone does something that may take away our unity or destroy it, that individual is doing a serious disservice to the celebration. That is what has occurred in Ekiti State. The impunity which put us the place we’re at this time should come to an finish.
But governors within the Peoples Democratic Party are at all times highly effective…
If you’re a governor, you aren’t God. That should sink into the minds of all people. You aren’t God and mustn’t put your self within the place of God. You can’t be doing issues as in case you are alpha and omega within the state. You shouldn’t neglect that you’ve got just one vote and that majority of the individuals are watching you and can present you on Election Day.
But there’ll nonetheless be primaries to select the candidate of the celebration in your state. So, what’s the criticism about?
What he did was to name some individuals – native authorities executives – collectively and compelled them to signal. Of course, I do know that 80 per cent of the individuals are not for it.
What makes you so certain?
I came upon from my interactions with the individuals and from the investigations I made. They aren’t pleased with what occurred, however they went together with it. But the purpose I’m making is that Fayose ought to cease dividing the celebration, not that I imagine that he’ll succeed, as a result of he gained’t succeed. He is already placing the unity of the celebration in jeopardy. We don’t want that. What we want in Ekiti PDP is complete unity and cohesion.
It seems that you’ve got been actually threatened by the adoption of the deputy governor by Fayose.
No, I’m by no means threatened. Fayose knew what the results of the governorship main might have been in 2014 if we’ve got had free and honest primaries. Nothing has been taken away from my construction. I feel we’re stronger at this time than we had been in 2014; that’s the fact. When the first election comes this time round, we’ll see what’s going to occur. We are in search of anyone credible that may rescue the celebration.
What would have occurred in 2014?
We don’t want to return to that now. We want somebody now that may defeat the APC. Forget the thought of somebody arrogating energy to himself that he would be the one to fund the election. It shouldn’t be cash alone that wins elections.
But the PDP is in authorities within the state and due to this fact, has a bonus of incumbency.
Was the PDP in authorities once we gained the state earlier than? Was the PDP in authorities once we had been successful? Incumbency might even be an issue for us within the state now. What we’re in search of is anyone who’s credible and has carried out earlier than, and who is suitable to the vast majority of the individuals. Our individuals are enlightened and know what is correct. They are very politically acutely aware.
But Fayose could be the political godfather within the state?
For anyone to assume he can develop into a political godfather within the state is a day dream. The individual have to be hallucinating. Nobody can set up a stooge in Ekiti State; it isn’t attainable. It shouldn’t be going to occur within the state.
If you had been the one adopted, wouldn’t you will have celebrated it?
I’d not need it as a result of I do know that in my capability because the nationwide publicity secretary of the celebration, it’s able to placing the unity of the celebration in jeopardy. If you say you need to undertake me, I’ll say don’t do it, there isn’t any want for it. There are methods you possibly can work for me, which isn’t by adopting me (as the popular candidate).
Was your anger answerable for your hurried resignation because the Chairman of the Ekiti State University Governing Board?
I needed to resign as a result of I didn’t need to be entangled in something after I face the battle forward. I’m not somebody that may run away from battle anyway. So, I needed to free myself, untie my fingers and legs in order that I might face the battle forward for the primaries and the election. I’ve made selfless service to the college and I’m glad for that. I thank Fayose for the appointment, however I feel I’ve had sufficient and I need to transfer forward.
Or did you hurriedly resign, pondering that you can be sacked by the governor?
No, there was no such menace. But I believed it was cheap to resign, particularly with the way in which issues had been going politically within the state.
What’s the place of the Ekiti State PDP on this matter? Are the officers of the state’s PDP chapter behind the governor?
I’ve nothing towards them. These individuals had been scheduled to go for a seminar on the Government House; they acquired there and had been railroaded into signing (that they had been in help of the adoption). It was like a movie present; they didn’t know what was happening. Everybody was baffled. It was by no means the plan. So, I’m not going in charge anybody for what occurred. But I imagine that any right-thinking member of the celebration ought to be involved. In reality, majority of them at the moment are fearful. That action is placing the unity of the celebration in jeopardy.
So, they only signed with out asking questions?
Just six individuals signed in spite of everything. The trick he (Fayose) used was that one individual would signal on behalf of the councillors, one individual would signal on behalf of all of the chairmen of native governments and one other individual to signal for all of the ward chairmen. So, within the gathering of about 300 individuals, solely six individuals or so, signed. That quantity is simple to get.
You and the governor had been on the aspect and in the identical faction of the PDP when the celebration had a severe inner disaster for 14 months. At what level did you fall out?
You see, I performed my half and the Nigerian individuals would bear me witness. The governor would inform how he additionally performed his personal half as properly. But sooner or later, the historical past could be advised and the roles of all people could be recognized. I made up my thoughts from the outset to collaborate with Fayose due to the curiosity of the celebration so as to be sure that we remained in energy within the state. I made up my thoughts that despite provocations, I’d not enable any disunity to come back in. I did this for a lot of months, however after I realised that he was not able to construct the celebration….
The governor has no proper to drive his method into the celebration. Everybody will bear me witness that I’ve collaborated with Fayose from the start. But I feel that no governor, particularly the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, ought to impose a candidate on the celebration. What curiosity will that serve?
Despite the collaboration, are you now dissatisfied with what the governor did?
I’m not dissatisfied on the non-public stage. I’m solely dissatisfied that somebody of his calibre ought to know that his action is able to destroying the celebration. If he can’t see that, then it’s unlucky. He ought to be matured sufficient to know that his action shouldn’t be in the most effective curiosity of the celebration in any method. So, the frustration shouldn’t be on the non-public stage. In spite of what he did, I stay centered and can proceed to work for the celebration within the state. I cannot relent.
Did you inform him about your determination to contest?
Yes, I did. That was final 12 months, on the day he had his anniversary (second anniversary in workplace). I knowledgeable him that I’d be working for governorship, so he was conscious.
What was his response after you knowledgeable him?
What I anticipated was what he stated. He stated, “Let’s wait and see.” That was what he stated. He is the governor of the state and courtesy calls for that I ought to let him find out about my ambition.
Were you happy with his response?
Since he stated, ‘let’s wait and see’, that was okay by me. All I would like is a stage enjoying discipline. I’m not the one aspirant. There was a time that some aspirants signed a doc to say that they weren’t going to run and that they had been going to withdraw for him (Fayose). I used to be not a part of it.
Did he say he was going to contest once more?
Yes, and all people stated they had been withdrawing for him. Imagine? I don’t assume that was proper. Now, he’s nonetheless contesting through a surrogate. That’s third term. He has not relented. I can’t be a supporter of a third term agenda.
But why do you need to be governor of Ekiti State?
I’ve needed to be governor for a while. It is due to my ardour for the state. I don’t assume there’s anyone who has a much bigger stake within the state than I. I’ve lived there all my life. Some individuals moved out of the place and later got here again after remembering that their father and mom are from that state. I’m an Ekiti individual to the core and I at all times imagine within the capability of an Ekiti individual to excel and to be within the forefront of the event of the state. History will bear me out. Education reached the state a number of years earlier than the Egbas and the Ijebus had it.
We had been producing graduates earlier than others. We have the capability to maneuver forward. Though we’re missing behind now, however with good management, we are able to catch up. I need to present that management to galvanise our individuals to maneuver forward of others. Many of our professors and legal professionals at this time by no means noticed the partitions of secondary faculties. The likes of Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) and others, they by no means noticed the partitions of secondary faculties. Yet, they acquired regulation levels and all. They did all their exams at house and so they excelled. Let’s return to historical past. Do you do not forget that when Ibadan warriors had been overrunning Yorubaland and tried to overrun Ekiti, it led to a conflict that went on for 16 years? So, Ekiti individuals are sturdy and decided. We want a purposeful chief to guide the individuals now. In the Ekiti of at this time, we’ve got individuals with grasp’s diploma using okada (industrial bikes). When you get to Ekiti and see an okada rider, know that he’s a graduate.
But regardless of the extent of training you declare your individuals have, they nonetheless queue to gather rice and promote their conscience throughout elections?
That is what a succession of dangerous management has led Ekiti individuals to. When I used to be rising up, Ekiti individuals had their pleasure. They didn’t beg for something from anyone. If you got here from Lagos then and needed to offer them cash, they might politely let you know to maintain your cash. They had been hard-working as properly. They farmed to supply cocoa that financed the constructing of Cocoa House in Ibadan, Oyo State. So, Ekiti individuals are hard-working individuals.
Why then is Ekiti on this sorry state?
It is due to a succession of dangerous management. It destroys our values when somebody asks individuals to queue as much as accumulate one kilogram of rice or salt. We have to reorientate our individuals. There isn’t any single trade within the state. People are taking a look at ephemeral issues and that is unhappy.
Fayose as soon as stated he would go away the Government House with his deputy, saying he had picked a deputy that will not succeed him. How do you’re feeling about him altering his thoughts now?
He made that assertion in my marketing campaign workplace. He stated he was going with his deputy, that the deputy was not a politician. He stated it overtly. He went additional to say that the deputy must not ever contain himself in any politics. He even advised individuals from his (deputy’s) hometown by no means to come back to him for something as a result of the deputy was not a politician. Why did he change his thoughts? chief should have the ability to stand by his phrase.
Could it’s that the governor has seen qualities which he didn’t see in his deputy on the time?
The adoption of his deputy shouldn’t be even my concern actually, however the timing and the influence it’ll have on the celebration. Ekiti individuals will resolve on the finish of the day who shall be their governor.
With what is going on within the state, do you assume that the celebration can conduct a free, honest and credible main election?
We shall be on our guard, and if the primaries are manipulated in any method, there could be penalties. That’s all.
What type of penalties are you speaking about?
There could be penalties. I gained’t say greater than that. But we imagine that the celebration will do the fitting factor. The celebration and the entire nation know what Fayose is as much as and what he can do. Everybody ought to be on their guard. We additionally know that Fayose has nothing to lose on this battle.
This is as a result of he’s not contesting personally. And we don’t know if he’s really working for an additional celebration. We can’t say that (he isn’t working for an additional celebration). It shouldn’t be past him. Those of us which have the curiosity of the celebration at coronary heart ought to be careful.
But the governor has stated that he has by no means misplaced any battle and that he’s the biblical Joshua of Ekiti State?
He can declare to be something; he may even say that he has by no means misplaced any battle. But I feel he has misplaced many battles. He has as soon as suffered shame. If God redeems you, you need to be eternally grateful and never be too smug or proud due to it. He was as soon as disgraced out of workplace in Ekiti State. He ought to be very, very cautious. An individual in his capability ought to be the epitome of humility and never the conceitedness and pomposity that we’ve got now. He ought to have learnt from his previous. He has learnt nothing.
If he goes forward with his plan, do you see the celebration shedding the election?
The celebration is not going to lose, and by the grace of God, I would be the governor. It is the Lord’s battle; I’ll maintain my peace.
It appears that it is just you and Senator Abiodun Olujimi which are indignant over the governor’s action. Why is that this so?
Everybody is complaining. A former commissioner for justice issued a press release, condemning what the governor did. (Ambassador Dare) Bejide did the identical factor. Maybe we’re the 2 outstanding ones, however all people is complaining. Some individuals have even written petitions to the nationwide headquarters of the celebration. We aren’t complaining actually. What we’re complaining about is the impact it’ll have on the celebration. Even if I weren’t contesting, I’d nonetheless have condemned it due to the impact it might have on the celebration.
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What’s the National Working Committee doing in regards to the petition?
It has not been seemed into, however all people is amused and thought of what the governor did as a joke and a nullity that ought to be discarded. Every celebration member in Ekiti State is now free to take sides with any aspirant of their selection. Any try and self-discipline anyone shall be met with very sturdy resistance.
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