We can authoritatively confirmed a great disarray within the Ekiti state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, as a former deputy governor of the state who was also a strong backbone of the party, Surveyor Abiodun Aluko, today declared his gubernatorial ambition under the Mega Party of Nigeria, MPN.
Aluko reportedly left the PDP and joined MPN when it became obvious the his former boss, Governor Ayodele Fayose, had made up his mind to hijack the party’s governorship ticket for his deputy, Adebayo Eleka. An inside source who was at the government house in Ado Ekiti this evening confessed that the governor of the state, Chief Ayodele Fayose, and the imposed governorship aspirant of the PDP who is also the current deputy to Fayose, Professor Kolapo Eleka, and some top leaders of the party in the state were rudely shocked by how several thousands of people across the state went to identify with Aluko at the official declaration ceremony which took place at the Mega Party secretariat at Ajilosun road, Ado Ekiti.
The source said the governor openly and bitterly regretted that he ignorantly made someone who is as popular as Abiodun Aluko leave the PDP angrily as a result of cheer betrayal on his (Fayose) side. Our source, an officer of the PDP who pleaded to remain anonymous for fears of being reprimanded by the PDP loyalists, added that the governor who called Eleka on the phone after he was made to watch video clips of the declaration on Facebook asked for his views about the mammoth crowd at the colourful event. He pressed further that during the telephone conversation,
Fayose was later overheard telling his deputy to find a way of making the people of the Ekiti South place him above Aluko who he regretfully said had hijacked all the electorates in the zone and even beyond. It was gathered that during a brief meeting which he held with his loyalists after his telephone talk with his boss, Eleka lamented how his imposition by Fayose had soiled his integrity as an academia. Eleka, during the small and brief meeting also complained that the ill treatment that Fayose gave the Ikere Ekiti monarch which recently landed him in jail has made him (Eleka) lose his grip on the town and the entire Southern Zone as a result of the joint agreement of all the monarchs from Ekiti South to work against Fayose’s wish in the July, 2018 governorship poll.
The deputy governor was also quoted as saying that there is no way he can defeat Abiodun Aluko in any free and fair election if he eventually wins the Mega Party’s ticket. It was also gathered that some other aggrieved aspirants in the PDP have made it known to Fayose during a recent meeting with PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, that they will remain in the party but still go out to canvass for supports for any candidate in the Mega Party or SDP if the governor goes ahead with the imposition of his deputy.