The faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State that suspended Governor Kayode Fayemi from the party has accused him of contributing financially to the emergence of Gov. Seyi Makinde as Oyo State governor.
In 2019 Makinde was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. PDP, a year after Fayemi assumed office.
The anti-Fayemi-faction branded themselves as The Authentic Members of APC, in a communiqué it released, it advanced reasons for its purported suspension of Fayemi, alleging that the governor gave Makinde money to prosecute his election and had an unholy alliance with the PDP during Edo election.
The communiqué entitled “Re: Dr. Fayemi Anti-party Activities” reads in part: “After painstakingly reviewing the activities of some members of the APC in Ekiti State, we the authentic members of the party in the State and members of SEC per Section 12.8 of the APC Constitution being duly constituted members of the National Convention of the Party, rose from its meeting of the 23rd September 2020 with some far-reaching resolutions.
“Fayemi is suspended from the Party in view of his numerous anti-party activities especially his role in the recently concluded governorship election in Edo State, which is contrary to the provisions of Article 21 (A) (ii) of the APC Constitution.
“For five days prior to the Edo elections, Governor Fayemi hosted Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode in the Government House in Ado Ekiti. It was here they perfected the coup against our party in Edo State.
“This is the same Fani-Kayode who daily abuses President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. We have evidence of celebration by his aides in Ekiti Government House and on social media.
“We also recall his role in the gubernatorial election in Oyo State where he supported the PDP candidate to defeat the APC candidate. A second tranche of money he sent to Governor Makinde in the election was intercepted by soldiers.
“The Paul Omotosho led faction of the APC Executive in the state is hereby declared illegal and suspended from the party for failure to emerge in accordance with the Constitution of the Party.
“Senator Adeniyi, as a statutory member of the SEC going by our party’s constitution, was elected by all members attending as the Acting Chairman of the State Executive Committee in the absence of direction or directive from the National Body. He is as such the only one thus capable to call the SEC meeting as duly required by the constitution from henceforth.”
Signatories to the communique include Senator Tony Adeniyi, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, former House of Representatives members Bimbo Daramola, Hon Robinson Ajiboye, Hon Oyetunji Ojo, former Speaker Ekiti State House of Assembly Hon. Adewale Omirin and Hon. Femi Adeleye.
The APC in Ekiti has been polarized. The suspension and counter-suspension have been overruled by its Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CENCPC).