The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has chided Governor Ayodele Fayose over his allegation that the party had colluded with the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Professor Kayode Soremekun, to recruit the students of the university to act as Presiding Officers to rig the July 14 governorship election in favour of APC.
Penpushing reports that, Fayose was alleged to had on state media expressed alleged plan by All Progressives Congress(APC) to engage Soremekun to recruit his students to work as presiding officers to help rig the July 14, 2018 governorship poll in favour of APC.
The Governor was quoted to have said the Vice Chancellor of the university held a meeting with the Governorship Candidate of All Progressives Congress(APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi, where the duo perfected strategies to recruit FUOYE students to work as presiding officers to help APC rig the poll.
However, the party in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said the party was not surprised by that "spurious allegation" coming from the governor who had become jittery since APC conducted a peaceful and crisis-free primary election that produced Dr Kayode Fayemi as APC's candidate.
He said Fayose's current allegation was similar to his earlier blackmail of the Professor when the Governor alleged during Ondo State Governorship election that Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) had plotted to use Soremekun to announce a fake result declaring APC's candidate, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, as the winner.
Olatunbosun faulted Fayose's claim that Soremukun met with Fayemi in Abuja to plot the alleged recruitment of his students to be used during election as presiding officers to help APC rig the poll.
"This is not the first time that Fayose would blackmail Prof Soremekun of plot to help APC win election. Fayose did it during Ondo State Governorship election when he took to the media to accuse the Professor of conspiracy to help announce a fake result in favour of APC even when the innocent Professor was not anywhere near Nigeria at the time’.
"Fayose is jittery and apprehensive after alleged reports of his illegal activities to coral INEC and NYSC corps members to help him rig election became public knowledge’, the statement said.
"The truth is that just like Professor Soremekun was nowhere near Nigeria several days to the election, the Vice Chancellor was nowhere near Abuja to hold any meeting with the Minister as alleged by Fayose, as the Professor was shuttling between Oye-Ekiti main campus of the University and Ikole-Ekiti campus trying to douse the tension generated by the students protests that rocked the University on the day Fayose said the Vice Chancellor was holding a meeting with Fayemi in Abuja.
"As a reckless blackmailer and shameless liar, we expect all sorts of lies by Fayose against the Federal Government after alleged reports of his illicit relationship with Ekiti top INEC and NYSC officials were leaked to the public," he said.
Olatunbosun advised Fayose to explain to Ekiti people where he keeps the state IGR, what he did with N56b loans he took and pay workers' salary arrears of nine months while he must engage in issue-based campaign instead lies and blackmail to fraudulently attract public sympathy.
"We hereby serve Fayose notice that Ekiti people are no more fools having discovered that the Governor is a complete fraud who did nothing to fulfil any of his campaign promises but relies on lies and propaganda to deceive Ekiti people again to vote for his stooge who will continue with Fayose's callous government of lies and fraud," Olatunbosun stated.