Youths in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, under the auspices of Ekiti APC Youths Congress (EAYC), have said high-handedness, impunity and nepotism by the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, will cost the party the 2022 governorship election.
The youths said the governor’s decision to favour those he tagged “APC Tokan Tokan” over and above other loyal members of the party will cost the party the State governorship in 2022 if nothing is done to address it now.
According to a press release issued on Thursday, by the youths, and jointly signed by Mr. Tope Ogunkuade and Comrade Tunji Adeleye, EAYC Convener and Secretary respectively, it was shameful that despite Fayemi’s claimed closeness to the Presidency, Ekiti had no single nominee among the 41 new ambassadors when States like Oyo, Kwara and Kano had three and others like Adamawa, Borno and Benue had two.
The APC youths lamented that Fayemi’s reign as governor for the second time was fast becoming a waste of opportunity for Ekiti State, just as his three years as minister contributed nothing to the State.
They said in May this year, when President Buhari appointed 42 Career Ambassadors, not a single Ekiti indigene was among them, asking what advantage Fayemi’s self-professed closeness to the presidency has conferred on the State.
While describing the claim that Ekiti was omitted because it has Mrs Eniola Ajayi, serving as ambassador in Hungary, the youths pointed out that a State like Bauchi where one of those retained is from also had a nominee.
The question we are raising is, what special benefit has Fayemi’s claimed closeness to the presidency brought to Ekiti? Even Oyo State with no one claiming to be President Buhari’s closest ally had three nominees while Ekiti had none.
Besides, of what political benefit is a situation where a single town has Minister, Senator and Ambassador to the party?
The youths, who also condemned the governor’s refusal to allow Local Government Chairmen in the State to make statutory appointments of Supervisors and Advisers, said it was obvious that he does not care about others in the party.
They called on stakeholders in the party to prevail on the Governor to focus on governance and provide the necessary leadership for the party in Ekiti instead of running after vice presidential position that only God can give.