Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has faulted members of the Southwest Agenda for 2023 (SWAGA) for engaging anti-party activities through the programmes and conduct.
Peopled by members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) the group is rooting for the presidential aspiration of a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
According to Fayemi, it was wrong for the group to have been conceived the idea of the group in the first instance.
Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on Public Communications, Mr. Segun Dipe, the governor accused the arrowhead of the initiative, Senator Dayo Adeyeye of flouting extant directive by members not to organize themselves into groups.
He said: “We considered referring to himself (Adeyeye) as SWAGA chairman within the APC as a misnomer. Perhaps Adeyeye needs to be reminded that the APC had since made pronouncements against setting up groups within the party.
“Last June, the Lagos APC led by Tinubu dissolved all groups within the party into the APC structure in the state. According to a communique duly signed by the Governor’s Advisory Council, which is the highest decision making body within the Lagos APC, said all groups, including the two most powerful, The Mandate Group, and Justice Forum, ceased to exist.
“The resolution, Tinubu had said, was to restate the often stated position that the only group known is the APC and not any factional group.
“One then wonders where Adeyeye and his co-travellers derived their powers to float another group within the APC, which they are calling APC members to start moving to. If this is not an anti-party move, then we wonder what it is.”
Fayemi, who descended heavily on the former minister for asking the APC national leadership to place him on a watch list of disloyal members, said what one could garner from such diatribe “was that Adeyeye was in a fight-flight mode while dishing out those words.
“How could Adeyeye, whose antecedents are well known, accuse Fayemi, one of the most brilliant, reliable and courtly leaders in the APC and Nigeria, of anti-party?
“No amount of character assassination from the likes of Adeyeye would reduce the governor’s relevance, and in his usual element, Fayemi would only wave it off as one of the usual tantrums of a desperate politician in search of relevance.”
The Ekiti State governor stated further that it was incongruous and utterly wrong for Adeyeye to have linked him to making undemocratic comments on issues recently, and wanted him called to order over issues he had no nexus with.
“Although he failed to mention where Fayemi made the assertions, we suspect Adeyeye was referring to the platform appearance of the governor, where he, along with other personalities, discussed the topic: ‘Devolution of Powers: the solution to Nigeria’s problems’.
“While fielding questions on the agitations by the youths, Fayemi said the young people should stop agonising and start organising. And that if they don’t like what APC is doing, there’s only one way out: ‘Let them organise themselves, go to a party of their choice and vote against us’.
“And on the #EndSARS protest, he said: ‘The five-point demands of the youths during the #EndSARS protests are absolutely laudable and on our part in Ekiti State, the issue of police brutality has been addressed, and even acknowledged by the federal government.
“We expect Adeyeye as a journalist to know better than being narrow-minded. Instead of accusing Fayemi of anti-party activities, what this shows is Fayemi’s fair-mindedness and democratic credentials,” he stated.