Ekiti State guber candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Ayodele Fayose, has debunked the allegation that he pocketed the N1 billion electioneering fund given to him by the party at Abuja. He claimed there was no rancour between him and the ward chairmen in Ekiti over the issue.
In an exclusive chat with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Thursday, May 29, 2014, Fayose, who spoke to us through his lawyer, Barrister Owoseni, said the story is not only false but cheap blackmail meant to tarnish his image.
“It’s a blackmail tactics of the opposition. Let them provide evidence. Are the ward chairmen the guber candidate to be sent N1billion? In any case, our ward chairmen will never do that.”
It was alleged that just days before the PDP rally to solicit support for Fayose, the state chapter of the party was in disarray. It was reported that the morale in the camp was so low and this had to do with their supposed number one man short changing them.
“The source disclosed that members of the party across the 177 wards were not happy with him because of a N1 billion electioneering fund Fayose got from Abuja and turned to his personal money.
Their anger, according to the information available to us was fuelled by their discovery that instead of him giving each ward N1 million, Fayose gave them a paltry N50,000. The party members were also allegedly miffed that immediately after the former governor got the windfall, he went on spending spree, acquiring a posh property in Maitama area of Abuja, and another in Lagos.
According to the story, things went from bad to worse for Fayose when he asked each ward to contribute N1 million to his campaign purse. Fayose allegedly sent sms to the ward chairmen, instructing them to coordinate the fund-raising. The rude shock was so much for the ward chairmen that they reportedly cursed him for daring to insult them with such request.
53 year old Peter Ayodele Fayose was raised in Ibadan, Oyo state where he attended Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo. He conducted one of the most sought after medical outreach programmes during his political campaign in 2001. He emerged the governor of Ekiti from May 29, 2003 till October 16, 2006. Peter Ayodele Fayose is the PDP flag bearer in the 2014 governorship election slated for June.
He is married to Feyisetan and the union is blessed with kids.