Adeyeye quits PDP after losing primary, eyes another party

Prince Dayo Adeyeye

By Gbenga Kuti, Ado Ekiti

The aspirant who lost the just concluded governorship primary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State and a former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has left the party barely three days after the exercise.

Adeyeye who said he was moving to another party to seek the votes of Ekiti people to develop the state added that since he lost the PDP primary to Fayose’s anointed candidate, Prof Kolapo Olusola, he is being wooed by five different political parties.

But in quick reaction to Adeyeye’s exit, the governor, AyodeleFayose said:  “We appreciate him for the time he has spent , for participating in the primary .PDP has demonstrated to the whole world that we can offer a level playing ground.

He continued: “We have given a level playing ground to everybody and to every election, there will be losers and winners. I called him yesterday and he was raining curses on me and he was boasting that he would fight me with everything he has.

“I am Peter the rock, nobody can fight me.I have given everybody a level playing ground which actually no sitting governor will do.

“Having done the best in this circumstances, I leave everything to God. But I want to assure you that his departure will make no difference”.

“To our teeming party members, I advise that this party has lost elections two times before . One to ex-governor Adebayo and another when Fayemi became governor. The party is more important we should stay together to win the election.” Fayose concluded.

Adeyeye who was the former PDP national spokesman promised to reveal the platform he would use to contest for the governorship “in the next forty hours.”

He spoke with newsmen on Thursday shortly after meeting with his supporters on the next platform for his governorship ambition.

The ex-minister alleged that Fayose’s agenda was to do a third term in office by installing Olusola in a bid to perpetually corner Ekiti’s commonwealth.

According to him, he would have won the PDP governorship primary “if not for the way Fayose intimidated delegates by forcing them to wear aso ebi to the venue.”

He revealed that Fayose allegedly coerced the delegates to do same on local government basis to monitor how they voted which intimidated many of them.

Despite allegedly monitoring delegates, Adeyeye said many of the delegates voted against Olusola which enabled him (Adeyeye) to garner 771 votes.

He claimed that the governor who had boasted that he (Adeyeye) would not get up to 50 votes was shocked that he got 771 votes which allegedly madehim (Fayose) to embark on an investigation of those who voted against Olusola.

Adeyeye accused Fayose of stealing Ekiti funds and using same to acquire property while majority of the people are wallowing in poverty.

The former Minister claimed that Fayose has wasted N8 billion Ekiti funds on chartered flights in the last three and half years while the flyover project was jerked up from N5 billion to N17 billion.

He said: “I am leaving the party because party can change but your state cannot change, party can change, your hometown cannot change.

“I can’t be part of enslavement, I can’t be part of corruption, I can’t be part of those keeping our people in poverty but spend billions of naira on chartered flights to Abuja every year but will be riding Okada at home.

“By seeking another platform, I want to tell him that he can’t be riding roughshod over Ekiti people and he cannot turn Ekiti to one-man rule.

“Our party leaders in Abuja were surprised at my performance at the primary despite the intimidation but I told them that I can change party, party may go into extinction but Ekiti will remain.

“I will not, because of party affiliation, allow Ekiti to be destroyed.That is why we will take decision today on where we are going.

“Since Tuesday, civil servants, teachers, local government workers have become sad. Ekiti has been enveloped in mourning.

“What is paramount in my mind is to liberate Ekiti. Today, we will not reveal where we are going yet but we are no longer where we were.”