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Fayose, Olafeso, Berated Over Misconduct, Blackmail


Fayose, Olafeso Warned Against Blackmailing  Makinde, Party Leaders.

Oyo State government through its Chief Press Secretary to the governor  has berated Ayodele Fayose, and Mr Eddy Olafeso for attacking Governor Seyi Makinde, PDP leaders and also  indicting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) using the instrumentality of the media. 

MediaOrchid recalls Fayose, Alafeso recently went on television, describing the just concluded PDP South-West Zonal Congress as "a scam". Fayose also accused Senator Samuel Anyanwu a top leader and stakeholder in the PDP of rigging. 

Sen Anyanwu was assigned by the Party to serve as secretary of a 5-man committee and at the end of the voting exercise, counted ballot papers before a monitoring committee delegated by the party from the FCT Abuja,  delegates from the 6 states of the South-West and also aspirants who all attested to the process being free and fair.

A video clip showing counting without interference of ballot papers before all present after voting at the PDP South-West Zonal Congress in Osogbo 

Arapaja who contested for chairmanship against Alafeso was declared winner having pulled more votes. Alafeso congratulated Arapaja and also expressed satisfaction with the process.

Fayose who drummed support for Alafeso during the campaigns was also seen  congratulating Arapaja and also issued a statement, on Tuesday April 12 2021, and stressed that "energy and resources must be used to build the  party and move forward henceforth" 

Read Fayose's statement: 

" I congratulate Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja on his emergence as the Southwest Zonal Chairman of our party, the PDP.

" Like I said in my speech at the beginning of the congress that we should win together and we have indeed won together.

" Whatever may be our reservations on the issue of over-voting, we have chosen to look at the larger picture, which is the PDP. 

" We must therefore use our energy and resources to rebuild the party.

" Arapaja's 343 and Olafeso's 330 votes, has simply shown strength on the two sides, this should be explored by the party, going forward.

" I thank the National Working Committee (NWC) for helping to bring this congress behind us " he said. 

Shockingly however, Fayose was seen on television on Wednesday April 14 2021 describing the elections as " scam" and alleged that one of the party leaders carted out rigging. He also made unguarded remarks about Governor Makinde of Oyo describing him as "deadly" even as he made reference to Makinde as 'a rat that will be dealt with' in no time.

Video credit : ChannelsTv 

The Chief press secretary to governor Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa in a press statement berated the action and conduct of former governor Fayose and also revealed that Alafeso also carried out an attack on Governor Makinde using the media.

Read Statement From Oyo CPS  :

“We make bold to say that while those who lost the election at the congress are allowed to rue their loss despite the assurance by Governor Makinde that there will be no winner or loser, it is expedient that they guard their utterances and avoid any descent into the gutter.

“Governor Makinde had equally described the congress as a family affair, promising to work with anyone who emerged winner, with the climax of the Monday, April 12, 2021, event being the eventual acceptance of Governor Makinde as the leader of the South-West PDP by former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose.

“One is, therefore, surprised that less than 48 hours after that acceptance and the commitment to work with Governor Makinde to build the party, the former governor is masterminding an assault against Governor Makinde over the peaceful congress in which the latter made it clear that there would be ‘no victor, no vanquished.’

“One can see the ungodly pattern Makinde’s critics are following by trying to build a false narrative around the congress with a view to rubbishing it.

“It should, therefore, come as a surprise to the public that the same camp that claimed that it had conceded defeat and was ready to work with Arapaja, is now engaging in media warfare against the governor.

“In the morning of Wednesday, Mr. Eddy Olafeso was on national TV to lay the foundation for what would be a sustained effort to tarnish the image of the governor. By evening, the cycle was completed by Mr. Fayose, who also appeared on the same medium.

“This has proven that false alarm and deliberate falsehood are being deployed to rubbish an otherwise peaceful congress.

“While we would not like to join issues with Mr. Fayose and those who contested against Ambassador Arapaja, over the outcome of the congress, we would like to caution that no one should attempt to impugn the personality of Governor Makinde, a peace-loving individual, who has never got anything by violence. The peaceful conduct of his campaign while running for office as governor of Oyo State is an attestation to this fact.”

The statement further described the statement by Fayose where he described Makinde as being ‘quiet but deadly’ as baseless, made in bad faith and should be disregarded by all well-meaning individuals.

He noted that the claim that some members of a Road Transport Union followed Governor Makinde to Osogbo was spurious and puerile.

“ The peaceful conduct of that congress, one must say, followed the body language and actions of the leader of the party in the zone, Governor Makinde, a man renowned for being a peaceful politician.

“ Despite the desperation and provocations from the Fayose camp, the governor maintained his calm and guided the zone to a peaceful congress that has now produced worthy leaders for the party.

“ The governor made it clear from the outset that the congress was about rebuilding and strengthening the South-West PDP and he worked hard to ensure that the party puts its best forward, as, according to him, whatever happened in that congress had ramifications for the national polity.

“ Therefore, going on air to say that Governor Makinde is ‘quiet but deadly’ is not only unstatesmanlike, it is also unguarded, malicious and wicked.”

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