Some youths in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State,
under the auspices of Ekiti APC Youths Congress (EAYC), have said
high-handedness, impunity and nepotism by the State Governor, Dr
Kayode Fayemi will cost the party the 2022 governorship election.
The youths said the governor’s decision to favour those he tagged “APC
Tokan Tokan” over and above other loyal members of the party will cost
the party the State governorship in 2022 if nothing is done to address
According to a press release issued on Thursday, by the youths, and
jointly signed by Mr. Tope Ogunkuade and Comrade Tunji Adeleye, EAYC
Convener and Secretary respectively, it was shameful that despite
Fayemi’s claimed closeness to the Presidency, Ekiti had no single
nominee among the 41 new ambassadors when States like Oyo, Kwara and
Kano had three and others like Adamawa, Borno and Benue had two.
The APC youths lamented that Fayemi’s reign as governor for the second
time was fast becoming a waste of opportunity for Ekiti State, just as
his three years as minister contributed nothing to the State.
They said in May this year, when President Buhari appointed 42 Career
Ambassadors, not a single Ekiti indigene was among them, asking what
advantage Fayemi’s self-professed closeness to the presidency has
conferred on the State.
While describing the claim that Ekiti was omitted because it has Mrs
Eniola Ajayi, serving as ambassador in Hungary, the youths pointed out
that a State like Bauchi where one of those retained is from also had
The question we are raising is, what special benefit has Fayemi’s
claimed closeness to the presidency brought to Ekiti? Even Oyo State
with no one claiming to be President Buhari’s closest ally had three
nominees while Ekiti.
Besides, of what political benefit is a situation where a single town
has Minister, Senator and Ambassador to the party?
The youths, who also condemned the governor’s refusal to allow Local
Government Chairmen in the State to make statutory appointments of
Supervisors and Advisers, said it was obvious that he does not care
about others in the party.
They called on stakeholders in the party to prevail on the Governor to
focus on governance and provide the necessary leadership for the party
in Ekiti instead of running after vice presidential position that only
God can give.