– Yemi Olayinka, a former ally of Governor Fayose, has defected to the APC – He criticised the governor’s leadership style – Olayinka described the PDP as a dead party that is already waiting for its final funeral – He promised to work for the unity of the APC Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Olayinka said Governor Fayose’s leadership style has forced prominent members of the PDP including foundation members to leave the party. Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state suffered a political blow with the defection of his close ally, Yemi Olayinka, to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, March 3.
Yemi Olayinka, a former special assistant to the governor on youth matters, joined the APC at Ado Ekiti Ward 8 and was received into the party by the acting state chairman of APC, Kemisola Olaleye, and by ward and local government executives of the party. Speaking with reporters shortly after being admitted into his new party, Olayinka flayed Governor Fayose for his leadership style which he said has made government to grind to a halt and inflicted hardship on the masses.
According to The Nation, he attributed Fayose’s leadership style to the reason prominent members of the PDP including foundation members have left the party. He accused Fayose of deceiving voters in the run-up to the June 21, 2014 governorship election when Fayose claimed that had changed. Olaleye said: “Ekiti people have now realized that a leopard cannot change its spot.” “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,” he said.
Olayinka described the PDP as a dead party that is already waiting for its final funeral owing to the alleged autocratic leadership style of Fayose. He pledged to work hard for the unity of the APC and to ensure that his new party bounces back at the next governorship election. Meanwhile, the APC in Ekiti state has accused Governor Fayose of hiking the price of streetlight fuel within the state. According to the APC, the governor was deliberately inflating the figure while spending less on the public light supply, all in a bid to short-change the people of Ekiti. The APC also warned of the increasing wave of criminal activity under the cover of the night in the state capital.