The immediate commissioner for for Public Utilities, Ekiti State, Bamidele Faparusi, has advised Governor Kayode Fayemi to caution some of his aides in view of the forthcoming APC governorship primary in the state.
It has been alleged that some loyalists of the governor were allegedly coercing some appointees to back a particular aspirant in the January 27 All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary.
Faparusi said allowing the negative tendency to go unabated could hurt the governor’s image and throw the party into confusion.
The former House of Representatives member and governorship aspirant disclosed this in Ado Ekiti during a chat with journalists on the forthcoming primary.
He described the act as antithetical to democratic norms, saying it is wrong for anyone to breach the right of others by forcing them to vote or support any aspirant against their wish.
He said: “It has come to my notice that some elements, claiming to be emissaries of Dr. Fayemi, were calling some appointees and demanding that they support a certain aspirant against their wish. This unconscionable act is a political fraud and it is greatly condemnable.
“Unfortunately, some of those being threatened are core politicians who worked for the emergence of this government. They should stop treating people as if they did them a favour by appointing them. They worked for the party and they deserved their appointments.
“This sounds so repulsive and depressing. How can they be compelling appointees to erect a billboard for a certain aspirant on the instruction of Mr. Governor? Is this democracy or militocracy?”
He added: “The governor, as leader of the party, should quickly sanction these people and condemn this nefarious activity. He had promised a level playing field for everyone and I do not see how intimidation and harassment of delegates will ensure a level playing ground at the primary.”