The Peoples Democratic Party, Ekiti Chapter has blasted Kayode Fayemi, for shunning the palace of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, during the mega rally held on Tuesday.
The party said it was obvious that the APC did not have respect for the traditional institution.
“It is obvious that APC as a party does not have respect for the traditional institution.”
The Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Lere Olayinka, said it was the height of disrespect for the traditional institution for Fayemi to have told the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, that it was not necessary for him and other APC governors that came to pay homage to the traditional ruler of Ado Ekiti, the state capital. He said;
“It is, however, not a surprise that Fayemi made his guests, especially the Vice President to shun the palace of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, because he cannot point to any major landmark achievement of his four years reign as governor. For four years, Fayemi promised to complete the amphitheatre in the palace of Ewi, he never did.
“The hall where Fayemi and his guests would have been received and the amphitheatre where his supporters would have seated were built by the PDP government of Governor Ayodele Fayose.”
Responding to the accusation, the Director of Media and Publicity, Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Mr. Wole Olujobi, said the PDP had run out of ideas by delving into an issue that did not add value to its campaign.
“Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation is focusing on issues of development and good life for Ekiti people among who are the obas.
“It is on record that Dr. Kayode Fayemi, few days ago, set up a high-power delegation to visit the obas in their palaces and the delegation has almost completed its assignment. The plan is that by the time the delegation completes the first round of visits, Fayemi will take the last lap of visits before the election.
“This is Fayemi that bought brand new cars for all the obas, rehabilitated their palaces, increased their allowances, instituted a free health service called “Ilera Laafin” for all the obas and never allowed the obas to stay in the sun for late hours waiting to receive him.”
“The Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, who Fayose and his anointed son are defending today, suffered the humiliation of threat of dethronement. Oba Adejugbe Aladesanmi became the victim of ceaseless media attacks with Fayose setting various traps for the monarch to dethrone him.”