The Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation (KOCO), the campaign organisation of the Ekiti State Deputy Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Prof Kolapo Olusola, has told the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, to face governance in his state
instead of wasting public fund on the Ekiti State governorship
election, which the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship
candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi can never win.
The campaign organization, which described Governor Akeredolu coming
to Ekiti to market Fayemi as “a failure advertising another failure,”
reiterated that “Ekiti is not a state to be taken by force and annexed
to Ondo State by anyone. We have never served a foreign god and we
are not going to start now.”
KOCO insisted in a statement on Monday, by its Director of
Media and Publicity, Lere Olayinka, that the Ondo State governor must
be held responsible for the invasion of Ekiti State with thugs and
over 150 armed policemen on Friday, leading to the shooting at the APC
secretariat and Ojumose area of Ado Ekiti that left many people
Olayinka asked; “Is Governor Akeredolu now happy with himself that
after he led thugs and armed policemen to Ekiti in support of Fayemi,
nine people are in hospital, three in critical condition, including
Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele and Ekiti State is now in the news for
The statement read; “We wish to draw the attention of Nigerians to the
involvement of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu in the plot
by the APC to unleash terror on Ekiti and its people as part of the
grand plot to forcefully take over the State, having realized that the
party’s cannot regain power through the ballots.
“Last week Friday, Governor Akeredolu mobilized over 150 armed
policemen and several thugs from Akure, Ondo State to accompany the
APC governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to Ado Ekiti, thereby
throwing Ekiti State that has been peaceful since the advent of
Governor Ayodele Fayose’s government into chaos.
“The thugs were led by one Jacob Adebo (popularly known Idajo), who is
the Chairman of the National Union of Transport Workers (NURTW) in
Ondo State. This same Idajo was allegedly involved in the various
attacks on Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele in 2014, especially on September 19,
2014 when his political movement, Bibiire Coalition was launched in
“These thugs brought to Ekiti courtesy of Governor Akeredolu were the
ones that went on rampage at Ojumose area of Ado Ekiti on Friday,
destroying canopies and chairs in front of the residence of late
Prince Adegoke. One of the Teargas canisters fired by the policemen
that accompanied the thugs hit a Taxi driver, Odeyemi Olumide badly
injuring him. He is now receiving treatment at the Ekiti State
University Teaching Hospital, alongside others who were shot at the
“Backed by Governor Akeredolu, Idajo had early last month attempted to
cause disharmony among drivers in Ekiti State by attempting a takeover
of the unions by a dissident group.
“It should be noted that the Ondo State Governor had reportedly
boasted that he was ready to spend two months allocation of his State
to ensure that Fayemi is imposed on the people of Ekiti, and we wish
to ask what his interest is.
“However, let it be said expressly that if he likes, he can deploy one
year income of Ondo State to finance Fayemi’s election, it will lead
to failure because Ekiti people cannot be bought by anyone.”
While telling the governor to devote his attention and resources to
restoring good governance in his State, Olayinka said; “Instead of
devoting his time and resources to the Ekiti election, which Dr.
Fayemi; his stooge can never win, shouldn’t Governor Akeredolu be
concerned with at least, returning Ondo State to how he met it in
2017? Or does it gladden his heart that all the good things his
government met in the State have been destroyed to the extent that
pregnant women had to go on the streets to protest against the
astronomical increase in the cost of delivery?
“More than 15 months as governor, Akeredolu cannot boast of a single
achievement in Ondo State apart from commissioning billboards. Yet,
his priority is sponsoring thugs to Ekiti with millions of naira.
“Workers are still being owed months of unpaid salaries, despite huge
resources accruing to Ondo State from the federation account. For
instance, workers at the State owned polytechnic, Rufus Giwa
Polytechnic are being owed 10 months salary.
“Also, in Ondo State under Governor Akeredolu, the farm of elder
statesman, Chief Olu Falae and several other indigenes of Ondo State
were attacked by herdsmen, while he looked the other way.
“Therefore, Governor Akeredolu coming to Ekiti to market Fayemi is
like a failure advertising another failure, it won’t work!
“Let it be reiterated that Ekiti is not a state to be taken by force
and annexed to Ondo State by anyone. We have never served a foreign
god and we are not going to start now.
“The governor should be reminded that this is Ekiti of 2018, which is
under a competent leader, Ayo Fayose, not that of 2010 when he used
his position to influence the Appeal court judgment in favour of
“Therefore, it is our counsel that Governor Akeredolu should leave
Ekiti people alone to choose their leader. He should face governance
in Ondo State that has retrogressed since he assumed office.”