The South West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 (SWAGA), has condemned the perceived grim environment created by the Ekiti State government before and during the Tuesday inauguration of the state’s chapter and called on leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to caution the governor to desist from actions that can cripple the electoral chances of the party in coming elections.
However, the group expressed gratitude to the people of Ekiti State for their loyalty to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the show of love for SWAGA and the impressive turn out for the inauguration, despite the odds
Chairman of Ekiti SWAGA, Senator Tony Adeniyi, speaking after the launch, said he was miffed by the incessant attempts by the Ekiti government to subvert the group and frustrate its activities through needless witch-hunt of members.
Taking stock of activities before, during and after the inauguration, Senator Adeniyi condemned the ongoing victimisation of members of the group across the state and the recent refusal of government to allow SWAGA erect its billboards in the state despite observing due protocol.
According to the Ekiti State SWAGA boss, “SWAGA is a group within the APC, rooting as well as canvassing Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to show interest in the coming presidential race and also mounting support for the party’s electoral success in coming elections.”
He wondered why a group set up to boost the electoral viability of APC in coming elections would become an enemy of a self acclaimed progressive within the party.
He condemned the recent suspension of one Kayode Adetifa and Jide Osho, both APC leaders in Oye Local Government council of Ekiti State, over their sympathy for SWAGA and warned that any further attempt to muzzle the group’s activities would be duly resisted.
He admonished the leadership of APC to arrest the situation by calling the governor to order to ensure a united house that could sustain victory in coming political contests.
“We are abashed by the unfriendly reception of SWAGA, a wing canvassing the Leader of our party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to contest the forthcoming presidential election for the general good of our party and Nigeria. As we speak, some members of our party who are supporters of SWAGA are going through series of frustrations and victimization by an APC government that is supposed to embrace and support them for the enormous patronage, credibility and acceptability that SWAGA is lending our party.
“Rather than accommodate and unite members, what we see daily is a seemingly deft attempt to decimate and plunder the party ahead of coming elections. As we speak, the government of Ekiti State has masterminded the suspension of two of our key members in Oye Local Government while it has refused SWAGA to host its billboard after due process had been observed and clearance secured from the Ekiti State Signage Company. The company had in one fell swoop, turned against SWAGA, to pull down a billboard that had been placed, just because it beats the picture of Asiwaju Tinubu, and bar us from further erection of billboards.
“It is so appalling that a government can rise against itself in greed and aggrandizement to the extent of demanding for the testicles of the father as therapy for his child’s ailment.
“And as a result of these strange beats, we are calling on the National body of our party, the APC, to look thoroughly at the lingering political hide and seek of our government in Ekiti State and call this Hitler of our party to order. A government that allows the billboard of opposition party to thrive but will not stand the one erected by its own party, is at war with itself and must be hurriedly rescued by stakeholders in APC,” Sen Adeniyi said.