According to reports, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, has described Governor Ayodele Fayose’s last Sunday visit to its leader, Chief Segun Oni, as a calculated attempt to create atmosphere of distrust among its member ahead of 2018 governorship election.
It also commended President Muhammadu Buhari over his fight against corruption, insecurity, leading to the release of some of the abducted Chibok Girls by Boko Haram insurgents recently.
Speaking at the party ward 09 meeting, held in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on Tuesday, the Acting Chairman of the party, Mrs Kemi Olaleye who said she was with ex-governor Oni when Fayose paid him the surprise visit clarified that Oni didn’t receive any prior notice about Fayose’s visit and that he shouldn’t be castigated unjustly over the matter.
Governor Fayose had on Sunday paid, the APC national vice chairman (South) a surprise visit in his Ifaki Ekiti country home with a clarification that the visit was non-political and was only expressing respect to his host as a former governor and leader of the state.
Olaleye who noted the visit had elicited anger among party members in the state said, “I have heard our members expressing anger over the visit. Please, I want to tell you that I was with Chief Oni when Governor Fayose came. It was Fayose’s Chief of staff, Chief Dipo Anisulowo that actually called and said he was paying our leader a visit . Not long, we got a message inside that the governor and Anisulowo were around without prior notice.
“Even when the governor said he wanted to have a secret meeting with Oni, he rejected. He told him to say whatever he wanted to say in our presence as party leaders and confidants.
“You know 2018 is fast approaching and we have to be vigilant. Governor Fayose had said openly that he has started politics and this might be part of the game to cause distrust in our party”, she warned.
Also speaking, a chieftain of the party, Mr Femi Aduloju, who praised Buhari for his efforts at making the country’s corrupt-free and secure said this has buoyed Nigerians confidence in the APC leadership.
“We are pleading with Nigerians to be patient with President Buhari to be able to turn around the economy. We knew that the pains are too much but having done well to secure Nigeria and reduce corruption, soon the economy will bounce back.
“We must understand that no investor will come to a nation that is fighting sectarian war. If we can overcome the challenge of insurgence, investors will surely come and very soon we will begin to see the positive effects of these landmark achievements ”.