The chairmen of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 16 local government areas of Ekiti State have restated their loyalty to and solidarity with the state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, in the face of what they said was harassment and intimidation of the governor allegedly by the Federal Government.
The chairmen warned the government of the consequences of its alleged intimidation of the Governor Fayose, saying “loyalty to the governor cannot be shaken by the intimidation.”
In a communique after a meeting recently, they passed a vote of confidence on the governor and emphasised that “no amount of harassment or persecution can make us review our loyalty to the state governor.”
In the document signed by Clement Olufemi Bamisile, Idowu Akinbode and Isreal Ogundele, chairman, secretary and public relations officer respectively of the Forum of Chairmen of PDP Local Government Areas in Ekiti State, they described the alleged persecution of Governor Fayose as “a visible vindictiveness on the part of the Federal Government who has seen the governor as their enemy because he has become the major voice of the opposition in Nigeria.”
They contended that the recent freezing of the private account of the governor had “demonstrated the Federal Government’s desperation to cow Governor Fayose in order not to criticise the misgovernance of President Muhammadu Buhari, ranging from disrespect for the rule of law to arbitrary trampling on the rights of citizens.”
The chairmen noted that “a democracy without a robust opposition can not thrive but the present Federal Government being run by the All Progressives Congress (APC) has clearly shown that it doesn’t want that, but Nigerians will not succumb to this as this can only result to anarchy.”
The chairmen therefore urged the Governor Fayose to continue to lead the opposition in the country, saying that “his rewards will be sooner than later.”