👤 By Adenike Lucas
Dayo Adeyeye, a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has quit the party after failing to secure the Governorship ticket in the upcoming election in Ekiti.
Prince Adeyeye received 770 out of the 1,968 votes in the primaries held on Tuesday 8, May, 2018.
Governor Ayodele Fayose’s candidate Kolapo Olusola Eleka emerged as his party candidate having received the majority votes.
The Ekiti Governorship election is scheduled to hold on 14 July 2018, but, the All Progressives Congress is yet to select a candidate.
In a statement, Prince Adeyeye said: “I am leaving the party because I can’t be part of enslavement, I can’t be part of corruption, I can’t be part of those keeping our people in poverty but spend billions of naira on chartered flights to Abuja every year and will be riding okada (commercial motorcycle) at home.
The Governorship aspirant added: “Our party leaders in Abuja were surprised at my performance at the primary despite the intimidation but I told them that I can change party, party may go into extinction but Ekiti will remain.
“I will not, because of party affiliation, allow Ekiti to be destroyed. That is why we will take decision today on where we are going.
“Since Tuesday, civil servants, teachers, local government workers have become sad. Ekiti has been enveloped in mourning.
“What is paramount in my mind is to liberate Ekiti. Today, we will not reveal where we are going yet, but we are no longer where we were before.”
In response, Governor Fayose said, “We appreciate him for the time he has spent, for participating in the primaries.
“PDP has demonstrated to the whole world that we can offer a level playing ground.
“We have given a level playing ground to everybody and to every election, there will be losers and winners.
“I am Peter the rock nobody can fight me. I have given everybody a level playing ground which actually no sitting governor will do.
“Having done the best in these circumstances, I leave everything to God. But I want to assure you that his departure will make no difference.
“To our teeming party members, I advise that this party has lost elections two times before. One to ex-governor Adebayo and another when Fayemi became governor. The party is more important we should stay together to win the election.”