Former senator Adedayo Adeyeye has been described as a desperate politician in search of relevance by governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.
Governor Fayemi through his Senior Special Assistant on public communication, Segun Dipe was responding to a statement credited to Senator Adeyeye where he accused the governor of “suspected anti-party activities” for which he should be called to order.
It would be recalled that Fayemi had been reported in the media after his May 1st statement on The Platform where he urged Nigerian youth to come together and vote out the ruling APC if they feel the party is not doing well come 2023.
But Fayemi said “what one could glean from the release credited to Adeyeye is that he was in a fight-flight mode while dishing out those words, and it felt really good for him to name-call or hit Fayemi, his perceived enemy below the belt.”
“Or else, how could an Adeyeye, whose antecedents are well known, accuse a Fayemi, one of the most brilliant, most reliable and courtly leader within the APC as a party and Nigeria as a country today of being anti-party?”
Fayemi referred to Adeyeye as character assassinate whose mission has failed in Ekiti state.
“No amount of character assassination from the likes of Adeyeye would reduce the governor’s relevance, and in his usual element, Fayemi would only wave it off as one the usual tantrums of a desperate politician in search of relevance.”
The statement from Fayemi reads in part:
“We expect Adeyeye as a journalist to know better than being narrow minded. Instead of accusing Fayemi of anti party activities, what this shows is Fayemi’s fairmindedness and democratic credentials.“
“But he has opted to deliberately apply the mischief rule in his interpretation of Dr. Fayemi’s words. We won’t blame him (Adeyeye) though, we can only regard him as an out-of-favour, narrow-minded and self-serving politician who is looking for a platform, real or imagined, to re-launch himself.“
“Also, we consider referring to himself as SWAGA Chairman within the APC as a misnomer. Perhaps Adeyeye needs to be reminded that the APC has since made pronouncements against setting up groups within the party.“
“Just last year June (2020), the Lagos APC, led by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu dissolved all groups within the party into the APC structure in the state. According to a communique duly signed by the Governor’s Advisory Council, which is the highest decision making body within the Lagos APC, all groups, including the two most powerful -The Mandate Group and Justice Forum- ceased to exist. The resolution, Tinubu himself said, was to restate the often stated position that the only group known is the APC and not any of the factional groups.“
“One then wonders from where Adeyeye and his co-travellers derive their power to float another group within the APC, which they are calling APC members to start porting to. If this is not an anti-party move, then we wonder what it is.”