Former Ekiti governor Ayodele Fayose has cautioned Chief Tom Ikimi over his comments about the poor outing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the just concluded governorship election in the state.
For the first time since 1999 PDP performed woefully in Ekiti state, coming third in the June 18 low-key election won by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Social Democratic Party that came second.
The failure of the PDP was largely blamed on Fayose who was accused of “selling out” the chances of the party by fielding a weak candidate.
His desperation to hold on to the party structure which led to deep cracks within the party was said to have contributed to the failure of the PDP.
Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi blamed Fayose for the party’s loss in Ekiti. He called for sanctions and disciplinary actions against Fayose: “Our problem in Ekiti today has been caused by the past Governor Fayose. He ruined the place before he left office… The build-up to the choice of a candidate in Ekiti was a big struggle.
“All kinds of meetings were held until they had to push out Segun Oni who went to SDP that was unknown there. There was no campaign council for Ekiti, no rallies there. Nothing happened there.
“The party at the national level must address this matter… if people should misbehave, there should be disciplinary action. If that is not done, then it is a waste of time, we have a big battle ahead.”
But reacting Fayose faulted Ikimi’s claims noting that PDP lost the Ekiti election due to various factors.
In a series of tweets, Fayose said: “Age they say comes with decorum and maturity not only grey hairs. It appears that the reverse is the case with Chief Tom Ikimi, who is ranting on matters of Ekiti. Apart from being Chairman of NRC, a party he led to electoral defeat in 1993, has he ever contested or won a state election?
“If this latest vituperation of Ikimi is a fallout of my support for Gov Wike during the PDP presidential primary, then he should match his age with numbers and recall that this same Fayose gave PDP 16/0 over APC in 2014 and defeated Niyi Adebayo, an incumbent governor in 2003.
“He should also be reasonable enough to understand that the same PDP that lost the election in Ekiti on Saturday to various factors, had in the past, won elections and will still win elections in future.
“To this end, if Ikimi is seeking relevance with Atiku, he should do it more decently. He should allow the sleeping dog to lie and save the PDP from unnecessary shootouts and fireworks at this time as we approach the general elections.”