The Chairman of Ikere Local Government area of Ekiti, Mr Femi Ayodele, has been slammed with suspension for touting the state governor, Kayode Fayemi as a presidential aspirant.
Ayodele had posted a campaign poster on social media with picture of Fayemi asking electorate to support his rumoured presidential ambition under the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The governor had distanced himself from the campaign via a statement his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, released saying: “The attention of the state governor has been drawn to news reports of a campaign poster being purportedly circulated on social media by the Chairman of Ikere Local Government Area, Mr. Femi Ayodele.
“Ayodele is reported to be canvassing support for Fayemi for the 2023 presidential election with the poster which was designed with the logo of the All Progressives Congress
“However, mindful of the possible interpretation such an unauthorised act could be given by well-meaning members of the public, we consider it important to state as follows: ‘Fayemi does not have any knowledge of the campaign poster neither did he authorise Ayodele or any person or group of persons to start a campaign on his behalf’.
“As a matter of fact, Ayodele does not and cannot speak for the governor on any matter, be it policy, administrative or political.
“The governor has reiterated that he has a four-year mandate as the governor of Ekiti State, and he is focused on actualising his promises to the people of the state through pragmatic leadership and systemic implementation of his administration’s five pillars of development.
“This also serves as a note of caution to political appointees, government functionaries, political associates and groups to operate within the ambit of decency and steer clear of actions that are capable of distracting the government, the party and the governor.”
The latest episode in the matter happened on Friday with the State House of Assembly suspending the council chief and ordering his investigation for involving in the unauthorised presidential campaign posters of the governor.
The members voted following a motion by the Majority Leader Gboyega Aribisogan, which was supported by Mr Tajudeen Akingbolu, representing Ekiti West Constituency I.