As Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose is attacking the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, he is also being criticized at home by a party member and ally.
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Yemi Olayinka, who on Thursday defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, said that Ekiti is now reeling under a one-man dictatorship which has ground governance to a halt.
According to him, Fayose’s administration has inflicted hardship on the masses through “anti-people policies.”
Olayinka who spoke with reporters shortly after joining the APC, at Ado Ekiti Ward 8 said the PDP is a “dead party that is already waiting for its final funeral” owing to the alleged autocratic leadership style of Fayose.
The former Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Matters accused Fayose of deceiving voters in the run-up to the
June 21, 2014 governorship election by claiming that he (Fayose) has changed noting that “Ekiti people have now realized that a leopard cannot change its spot.”
He also stated that the governor’s leadership style has portrayed it in bad light before the people of the state, and forced prominent members including foundation members to leave the party.
Olayinka was received into the party by Acting State Chairman of APC, Mrs. Kemisola Olaleye, ward and local government executives of the party.
Olayinka said: “I love PDP so well that I decided that come rain, come sunshine, I will never defect to APC. But when Fayose came, he hijacked the party. He is the State Working Committee, the Commissioners, the Assembly members, to the extent that nobody could have a say.
“He has forgotten so soon that during his misadventure to Labour Party, some of us stayed back in the PDP and prevented it from total collapse. If PDP had died before he came, would he have won the governorship ticket? Today, Fayose has succeeded in killing the party in Ekiti .
“I can’t afford to stay in a party that is being controlled by a power-greedy individual. I am a team player and I believe in the ethos of democracy, so we are leaving the PDP for Fayose all alone”.
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