- Governor Fayose is under Fire from his political party, PDP
- Party spokesperson, Dayo adeyeye, accused the governor of disrupting local government election plan
- Adeyeye also accused Fayose of imposing age restriction for councillorship candidates
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has come under attack from the national secretary of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dayo Adeyeye, over the local government primary elections in his state.
Adeyeye accused Fayose of attempting to derail the LG election in his state by introducing rules and restrictions that do not exist in the Nigerian constitution, Premium Times reports.
He said: “In the first instance, Governor Fayose created his own constitution by fixing the maximum age for chairmanship candidates at 50 years while maximum age for councillorship candidate at 30 years against the provisions of Nigerian Constitution.
“There is nowhere in the constitution that stipulates maximum age for any elective position.
“The primaries to elect the candidates for councillorship and chairmanship of various local governments commenced at the Government House instead of the various wards and local governments respectively.
“The governor is the electoral officer for the exercise.
“Thousands of our party people were subjected to untold hardships by sleeping on grasses, inside buses and car and concrete platform. The governor adopted Option A4 method that attracted a lot of people without any arrangement for accommodation of the delegates.
“Surprisingly, today, the party issued a statement that the governor had disqualified all chairmanship aspirants from Ado local government. Also, some LG chairmanship aspirants from Ido Osi, Moba and Ikole were included in the illegal disqualifications for unruly behaviours, thereby calling for fresh nomination before Friday for other interested aspirants.
“We believe that only a court of law can disqualify candidates for election not by executive fiat by the governor.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the 2019 presidential ambition of Governor Ayodele Fayose has hit the rocks even before it began as the PDP, under which he hopes to achieve this feat, has asked him not to waste his time.
The party informed him the slot for the presidency had been zoned to the northern part of Nigeria adding that all its members were aware of this.
The national publicity secretary of the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who expressed shock at Fayose’s ambition, urged the governor to respect the decisions taken by the party on zoning.
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