Dayo Adeyeye, who lost the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship ticket in Ekiti state, has dumped the party. He announced his decision after a meting with loyalists at his campaign office in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Adeyeye was defeated by Olusola Kolapo, current deputy governor of the state, by 1,190 votes to 770 votes. The former National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, alleged that asking the delegates to wear uniform ( aso ebi) was a ploy by the incumbent governor to impose his deputy as the PDP governorship candidate.
He also pointed out that the pattern of voting at the venue of the primary based on local government areas instilled fear in many delegates that they were being monitored.
“I am leaving the party because the party can change but your state cannot change, the party can change, your hometown cannot change.
“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.
“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,’’ he said.
He argued that it would not make sense that Ekiti be ruined due to party affiliation.
“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 ,” he said