The former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose was on Wednesday humiliated by suspected political thugs who removed his cap during a campaign for the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) candidate for the Ondo State Governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede in Ondo town.
Penpushing reports that Fayose, a chieftain of the party had arrived the town and while making his way to the podium at the campaign ground, one of the thugs moved towards him and publicly seized his(Fayose’s) cap
The sudden development caused skirmish but the situation was later brought under control, before he eventually moved to the podium where he made short remarks while addressing the crowd at the rally
Penpushing further reports that, the controversial former governor said he would lodge a formal complaint with security agencies and the relevant authorities in the party, noting that, that was how the late Nigerian Attorney General Bola Ige was humiliated in Ile-Ife some years ago .
“That’s how late Chief Bola Ige’s cap was removed in Ile Ife, Osun State then and we all know what happened later. So this one will not be ignored and treated as one of those things. The masterminds had it all planned and they followed it up by celebrating what they saw as the success of their plot. They even capped it up by circulating the video.
Penpushing also reports that, the disturbed Fayose, however, accused the Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde, and a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, of masterminding the assault on him.
The former Governor in a statement by his media aide, Lere Olayinka said “he would not stop speaking the truth concerning the running of the party in the South-west zone despite the assault.”
“So it was not an accident, it was planned. But those who planned it only succeeded in advertising their political myopia because popularity of the brand Ayo Fayose, Osokomole, cannot be rubbished by such childish act,” the statement said
Penpushing reports that, the visibly rattled Fayose had last week called for George’s ‘retirement’ from active politics during the inauguration of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) campaign committee for the Lagos East senatorial bye-election.
The former governor popularly called Osokomole declared that George “should rather support the younger ones in the party instead of dragging positions with them.”
Penpushing further reports that, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde while reacting to Fayose’s allegation said the former Governor “appears perpetually desirous of hugging the limelight even when the occasion did not desire such grandstanding’
The Governor in a statement by his media aide, Taiwo Adisa, said “I believe that ex-governor Fayose and his handlers need to look far away from Oyo State in search of their enemies. Governor Makinde has no link whatsoever with the incident Fayose’s aide was talking about’
“We expect all right- thinking members of the PDP to join the Governor of Oyo State in the prosecution of the noble and democratic assignment he is executing on behalf of the PDP in Ondo State at this time, instead of seeking to distract him one way or the other.”
“The governor will not be distracted either on the task at hand or on the well-intentioned desire to join other leaders to rebuild the PDP in the South-west geopolitical zone”, the statement emphasised
Penpushing also reports that, in reaction to the allegation against Chief Bode George the Lagos State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ,Tajudeen Abinuwaiye, described Fayose as a “confused dreamer.”
“The controversial former governor hurriedly jumped to a conclusion over his encounter with some youths in Ondo. Fayose openly apologised to all the people he had wronged right at the podium in his very brief remarks’.
“It is rather shocking and outrageous for this same person to change swiftly and started pointing accusing fingers at his phantom enemies. Fayose is been known to have been reckless and abusive towards elders’.
‘He had once maligned and openly abused former President Obasanjo, Chief Afe Babalola, Chief Bode George and even President Muhammadu Buhari. Fayose has constantly displayed an attitude of a man pursued by some inner demon. He needs a definite purgation. His careless, indifferent outbursts should be discountenanced.”