There is a growing war between APC and PDP over federal allocation to Ekiti. The two major political parties in the state have decided to settle their disagreements by trading words in public glare on the issue. According to Daily Post news report, the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the opposition party All Progressives Congress (APC) to desist from peddling “perpetual lies” against the state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, or face public outrage. The state chapter of the ruling party claimed the opposition had chosen to fight its cause through destructive propaganda to rubbish the state government.
The PDP in its statement issued by the state’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Jackson Adebayo, disputed the claim that the state received N8.5bn as the allocation for June instead of N6.8bn, calling it fictitious. He added: “In as much as we are not opposed to the contribution of the opposition on any issues of state importance as a political party, we should be mindful of the fact that people out there are watching us and could judge us based on the assessment at their disposal which could have great influence on their reactions to any party. Although we are happy that the APC is misbehaving to the people of the state, we believe we can still help them to minimise their calamity by rendering such warnings at a time like this.”
In its reaction, APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement on Tuesday, said: “It is laughable and an insult on the intelligence of Nigerians for Fayose to accuse President Buhari of persecuting the opposition simply because he wants to recover stolen funds from the nation’s treasury and punish looters. Fayose has persecuted members of the opposition in Ekiti State to no end. He runs them out of town, as promised, by declaring them wanted over trumped-up murder charges.
“He seized monetised vehicles of opposition members in the last administration and recently ejected them from their houses at a government housing estate, disregarding their subsisting mortgage agreement with the housing corporation, even as no fewer than three opposition members are in prison over Fayose-induced trumped-up charges,” Olatunbosun concluded.
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