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The former Governor of Ekiti State stated this during an interview on ChannelsTv monitored by AllNews Nigeria on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
AllNews Nigeria reports that Fayose state this while reacting to a video that surfaced online during the just-concluded zonal Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
As seen in the video, some hard men in black and red attire were in Yoruba language threatening Ayodele Fayose. Describing those in the video, Fayose said the Oyo State Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Alhaji Lamidi Mukaila aka Auxiliary and his guys were the ones in the video issuing threats.
In the video, ‘Auxiliary’ could be heard saying “We are waiting for Fayose here, Ogun will kill you.”
However, Fayose linked Auxillary and his boys to Makinde because they allegedly accompanied the governor to the venue of the congress.
Fayose lamented that such a situation is shameful for the PDP and Makinde himself
He said: “If governor Makinde, a first-term two-year-old governor is parading characters like this it simply shows the kind of people behind him.
“This is shameful for our party and I take responsibility. In the 21 century, thuggery is shameful for our party.
“Remember, I was in Ondo and this same person attacked me and I told Governor Makinde, so I am glad the whole world is seeing this.
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When asked why he congratulated the winner when he believed the election was rigged, Fayose simply responded that conceding defeat does not mean Mr. Makinde’s candidate won.
Fayose alleged that dead people were accredited during the poll and explained that a former Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mulikat Adeola-Akande, identified those that were dead and sick on the accreditation list.
“We compelled them to announce publicly how many people were accredited. They resisted that and said they will announce state-by-state. The norm is for you to announce accreditation and tell us how many people came and how many votes are expected.
“By the accreditation, they initially said Oyo state had 115 people list, 104 accredited. Out of 104, 82 people voted. At the end of the exercise, the accreditation was 675, publicly announced. Ekiti voted first, followed by Ogun, Lagos, Osun then they purposely allowed Oyo to vote last. When you look at the alphabet, you will realise that a game was obviously going on.
“In Oyo, they told us 177 were listed. Hon Mulikat protested and said, ‘this man is dead, this man is dead, this man is dead, this man is sick, this one is abroad, this one is aged’. They came back and told us 165. This is the game going on in the entire process.
“I have accepted this result not because they won but because I am one of the people that can’t defect to another party. I conceded not because they won.
“I conceded because the PDP is a bigger picture. I want to say that conceding does not amount to defeat, it is sheer exhibiting leadership.”
Mr Fayose said the result of the poll showed his relevance in the party.
“Take a look at the result and the characters behind the result before I will tell you the issue. I am on one side alone; I (we) have on the side of Governor Makinde, two former governors – Segun Oni and Olagunsoye Oyinlola. They have on their side seven deputy governors and two speakers and serving senators.
“The results in quotes, Arapaja scored 343. My candidate Eddy Olafeso scored 330, a difference of 13 votes. I’m glad because that is a show of strength. Whether the result is right or wrong, the world can see in the one-man army that has faced them all and without rigging, they lost.
Fayose further on the alleged rigging, said “over 200 buses bearing the number plates of Oyo were filled with thugs”.
“They came with cutlasses and guns all night, it was in the public knowledge.
“For me, as to that election, it was a scam but I must agree as a leader of the PDP. I have been working for this party. I am one of the voices that cannot be forgotten in the PDP.
“And I will not sit down here and say because of 13 votes, because of manipulation the party must not move forward,” he said.