The Ekiti state governor Kayode Fayemi has faulted the rigging allegations by former All Progressives Congress Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, saying they were an attempt to tarnish his image.
Telescope.ng reports that the chief press secretary to the governor, Olayinka Oyebode, said his boss remains steadfast in pursuing his aspiration to get the APC ticket for the 2023 presidential election.
He added that there is no amount of mudslinging from disenchanted individuals that would distract or discourage him.
Oshiomhole had in a television interview, accused Fayemi of asking him to rig the election during his tenure as APC chairman.
Oyebode in a statement titled, ‘Oshiomhole’s allegation laughable, a figment of his imagination, said, “For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Fayemi has no reason to approach Comrade Oshiomhole for favours for any election. Fayemi has a stellar track record of being a consummate democrat even in difficult times.
“The allegation, which was made on national television, is not only false, puerile, and laughable, it is a figment of the imagination of the former APC chairman as Fayemi has never asked Oshiomhole to rig the election for him or any other person and never had any reason to ask for such.
“Members of the public are therefore urged to disregard the allegations by Oshiomhole, who apparently is still experiencing a post-traumatic stress disorder because of his removal as Chairman of APC. If true, we challenge Oshiomhole to provide the public with independently verifiable evidence of his unsubstantiated claims.
“It is on record that Fayemi was not responsible for Oshiomhole’s removal as Chairman of the APC. He has his ward executives and the courts to blame for that.
“The Ekiti State governor has always considered Oshiomhole a friend and political associate even if they had fundamental differences over his kangaroo approach of disqualifying Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State from the APC primaries and his unconscionable autocratic management of party affairs whilst he was chairman of the party.”