Phantom APC group is Fayose’s aide’s creation, says party youths leader
The Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Femi Ogundare, has disowned Ekiti APC Youths Congress (EAYC), which criticised APC lawmakers for not attending a peace meeting called by Chief Afe Babalola, saying the group does not exist within the party structure.
He described the group as a creation of an aide of Governor Ayodele Fayose, who he alleged had been using the phantom group as authentic APC group opposed to all actions taken so far by the party in the last few months.
Reacting to the phantom group’s criticism of the Speaker, Dr Adewale Omirin, and other lawmakers as enemies of the State and the party for refusing to attend a peace meeting called by Babalola, Ogundare said the party had earlier called the attention of decent Nigerians to the fraud the governor had been selling to the public to create an impression of divisions with APC ranks.
“We had earlier alerted Nigerians to this fraud by the aide of the governor who is notorious for shameless propaganda in the media, particularly the social media.
“There is nobody by the name Tope Ogunkuade and Comrade Tunji Adeleye in our party. These are anonymous persons that the governor’s aide has been using as the Convener and Secretary of the phantom Ekiti APC Youth Congress. We have a data of all our about 250,000 members and we can’t find these names on the list. We also have the data of all caucuses and groups in our party and we can’t find this group,” he explained.
Ogundare explained that he had earlier called the attention of the public to this fraud aimed at misleading Nigerians and paint our party black as a disunited political party, saying attempts to paint the party as a disunited house had failed.
He said the phantom group had during the presidential campaign disparaged former Governor Kayode Fayemi for allegedly abandoning Ekiti State APC in favour of leading the Muhammmadu Buhari Campaign across the country.
“We have discipline and structure in our party that does not allow anybody or group to issue public statements on behalf of the party. We are relieved in the belief that the public, especially Ekiti people,” Ogundare explained.