Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Presidential Aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has denied the allegation by the former National Chairman of the Party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole that he once begged that election be rigged in his favour
Fayemi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Hon. Yinka Oyebode said that the allegation which was made on a national television, was not only false, puerile and laughable, it was a figment of the imagination of the former APC Chairman.
He affirmed that Governor Fayemi had never asked Oshiomhole to rig any election for him or any other person and never had any reason to ask for such, urging members of the public to disregard the allegations by Comrade Oshiomhole.
According to Oyebode, Oshiomole apparently is still experiencing a post traumatic stress disorder on account of his removal as Chairman of APC which he said Dr Fayemi was not responsible for.
The statement reads “The Ekiti State Governor has always considered Comrade Oshiomhole a friend and political associate even if they had fundamental differences over his kangaroo approach of disqualifying Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, from the APC primaries and his unconscionable autocratic management of party affairs whilst he was chairman of the party.
“For avoidance of doubt, Governor Fayemi has no reason to approach Comrade Oshiomhole for favours for any election. Governor Fayemi has a stellar track record of being a consummate democrat even in difficult times.
“Many Nigerians can easily recall his historic concession speech in 2014 in an election that was clearly lost to electoral sleight of hand at the behest of the then People’s democratic Party (PDP) –led Federal Government.
“Others will also recall how he spent years in court patiently pursuing the retrieval of his stolen mandate between 2007 and 2010. He has demonstrated nothing but decency, decorum and fidelity to the rule of law in all his years in politics and public office.
“We challenge Mr Oshiomhole to provide the public with independently verifiable evidence of his unsubstantiated claims, if true.
Oyebode said Governor Fayemi remains steadfast in the pursuit of his aspiration to get the APC ticket for the 2023 presidential election. No amount of mudslinging from disenchanted individuals would distract or discourage him.