Ekiti APC leaders kick against appointment of Fayose’s men by Oyebanji’

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Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State have kicked against the appointment of former Governor Ayodele Fayose’s loyalists into political officers.

A statement yesterday by convener of the Concerned Ekiti APC Stakeholders, Prince Aderobaki Adeleye, noted that in spite of their numerous sacrifices and contributions to the success of APC in the last poll, appointments were given to members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Adeleye, who described the action as unacceptable and capable of creating division in the APC, urged Governor Abiodun Oyebanji to ‘redress the anomaly in the interest of the party’s survival before it is too late’.

The statement reads: “Recent appointments by Governor Biodun Oyebanji have unduly favoured known opposition figures who did not contribute anything to the success of the APC, while loyal party members have been sidelined.

“A thorough perusal of the lists of SAs, SSAs and others, showed that associates of former Governor Fayose have been unduly favoured to the exclusion of APC members. As loyal party men, we view this development as unfair, unjust and a direct affront to our collective sensibilities.

“We understand that besides these appointments, the former governor has been enjoying some undeserved benefits and patronages, while leaders of the APC who toil day and night to ensure victory for the party have been left in the cold. We, therefore, call on the national leadership to rein in Governor Oyebanji to urgently correct these missteps in the overall interest and wellbeing of party members.

“While we concede to the fact that Fayose is a former governor, the question is how many APC members got appointments when he was at the helm of affairs in our state.”

But the APC Publicity Secretary Segun Dipe dismissed the claims as unfounded and in bad faith.

According to him, Governor Oyebanji has been deferring to the party before making appointments, even making it clear from inception that he would carry former governors along in his administration irrespective of their political inclinations.

Dipe also advised the aggrieved members to channel their grievances to the appropriate organs of the party.

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