The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ekiti State, has said that it has been vindicated over its earlier warning that Governor Ayo Fayose’s announcement of an appointment committee to appoint Ekiti people to vacant positions in the civil service, as well as political appointments, was a ruse to draw support from the unsuspecting public for his candidates in the general election.
Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said that the last-minute cancellation of the inauguration of the panel, for the second time, was a manifestation of deceit, upon which the plan was founded, from the outset.
The APC said: “We warned Ekiti people the day he made the announcement that it was a ploy to deceive them to draw them to the polls for votes and that after the election, nobody would hear anything about any appointment and recruitment again.
“We also hinted that Fayose would announce mainly the sidelined members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into the committee to give them a false sense of belonging. And true to our prediction, the governor named aggrieved members of PDP, whom he had virtually chased away into the committee. To ensure strict compliance with the deceit and fraud on the people, as planned, he changed the inauguration of the panel to Tuesday April 21, yet we warned Ekiti people not to be deceived, saying Fayose was playing upon their intelligence,” Olatubosun explained.
He added: “Just as members of the panel were expecting their inauguration yesterday, Ekiti people were shocked, again, when the governor suddenly announced indefinite postponement of the inauguration of the panel.”
Olatubosun expressed surprise that, up till now, Ekiti people still found it difficult to understand the kind of governor they have.
“It is shocking that Ekitii people still find it difficult to understand that it is only Local Government Service Commission, Teaching Service Commission and State Civil Service Commission that are the agencies responsible for appointments into civil service while political appointments are at the pleasure of the governor. We warned that Fayose was deceiving them. Now, they have known the truth,” Olatubosun said.