Former Minister of State for Works Prince Dayo Adeyeye has quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following his failure to secure its governorship ticket. His next point of call is unknown. Adeyeye spoke with reporters in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on why he rejected the outcome of the primary. ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA was there.
Are you foreclosing any reconciliation with Governor Fayose, following your decision to leave the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) after the July 8 primary?
There can be no reconciliation with the devil. Can you reconcile with the devil? I have said it that there is no meeting point between light and darkness. Fayose represents very deep darkness in Ekiti politics which we need to clear away. That is the truth, every Ekiti person must join hands together to chase away this monster. He doesn’t even behave like an Ekiti person, he is just a conman and we need to chase him out of Ekiti State. I thought that winning the PDP primary will enable me to chase him out because we know him to be a complete devil. I can never cooperate with him any issue.
Having agreed to accept the result of the primary, at what point did you change your mind not to remain in the PDP?
I have accepted the result of the primary, that does not mean I will work with the person. It’s a different thing please. Am I protesting now? If I don’t accept the result, I will say I am protesting. I will go to Abuja. There is an Appeal Panel, I will go before them. I will do all those things. No. About the results, I have reasons to be angry because when Governor Okowa came on the eve of the primary, I told him some things that needed to be done. This is because in a confinement like this, like a hall, gives room for people to be able to whisper, talk to people and doesn’t really give the secrecy. We know that we were not allowed to campaign openly by Fayose because anywhere you go, if they associate you with Adeyeye, he is going to deal with you. After removing you from the government post you are holding and if you are holding a party position, he is going to remove you from that position. Because of those threats, people were so scared and afraid, we couldn’t even g to the local governments but we were working through the nights. People were seeing me secretly and that what the situation we found ourselves; so under that kind of situation, it was necessary to guarantee absolute secrecy. If you were there during the counting, you would see that those that voted almost wrapped their ballots, they didn’t want people to see them. With the kind of situation we had in that hall that day, some of them had been told ‘you must not oppose our person.’ If it had been inside a stadium, that wouldn’t have been possible and we would have been able to guarantee total secrecy. That was the number one thing. They said they didn’t want to use the stadium. Fayose convinced them that the place was porous, that that was why the APC primary failed, that he did not want that of PDP to fail, he said that he is the chief security officer of the state, that he will not open the stadium for them for use. Number two thing was that I complained to Governor Okowa and (Senator) Olujimi joined me in complaining that people should not be forced to wear uniforms, “aso ebi” or “aso and co.” Because it was decided by Fayose, days before the primary that if you don’t wear it, you are his enemy and they should mark you down immediately, that you are working for his enemy, Adeyeye. I coma/plined to Governor Okowa that he cannot stop it as long as they are not waering the picture of Eleka (Olusola) there, then I cannot force them not to wear it beause no law is against it. But I told him that it was a form of intimidation, it was a form of harassing the people, that ‘this is where you should go.’ I was even surprised to have such large number of votes despite the uniform, the camping (of delegates), the intimidation inside the hall where we were. Fayose came there, standing up at a stage. If you watched him, monitoring and people were very afraid. After the primary, many of the delegates called me. They apologised. Some of them were crying that they were forced to vote for Eleka simply because Fayose was there and they thought that he was going to see them. That is the truth, you know, I am a man of my words, I am telling you facts. The result could have been completely different, but I am not complaining because to complain means I want to be part of the whole thing. Maybe they will say, okay we will address so, so issues for you. I have said it that I don’t want to be part of it, I cannot work for Fayose’s evil continuity, that’s it.
Will you say you were disappointed that Governor Okowa did not address the two vital issues you raised at the PDP primary?
I was disappointed, but I can understand the man; he came here not that he was pandering to Fayose. You know the way these things work; he doesn’t want to appear as if he came to do one thing against him like that. Okowa is a fantastic person. We worked together. He conducted two of our conventions. He is a fair minded person, but I know his hands were tied, he refused to grant the request of (Senator) Olujimi and myself that people should not wear clothes of identification to the primary. If they want to camp them, let them camp them; Fayose camped them so that we wouldn’t have access to them but to wear uniform made the process not to be fair. He even forced many of the elders to wear uniform, including former Deputy Governor Paul Alabi. Shamelessly, all of them were forced to wear those uniforms. People like former state PDP Chairman, Bola Olu-Ojo, didn’t you see them that day? People like Senator Duro Faseyi, all of them. He forced them to wear it, not to talk of ordinary people, he forced them. You know he is a dictator and he surprised me; when we were inside that hall, the first things that occurred to me was that would these people ever have the courage to vote for me? For me to score 771 votes showed the heart of the people; they were wearing the uniform and yet, they were voting for me. That is why I appreciate them. It shows that we have the real support at the grassroots, and Fayose told people that he didn’t expect me to have 50 or 100 votes. He camped people. We couldn’t meet with them openly, we can’t associate with them openly. In one local government they told me that if they see two people talking together, they will say they are for Adeyeye and that would put them in trouble. That was the atmosphere in which we contested, the playing field was not level, all the advantages were against me. Do you know that all the ward excos were picked by him way back in 2016? Fayose in his characteristic manner personally put them in position in all wards in Ekiti. He installed all the council chairmen personally, you know the process, they were coming to the Government House contrary to the party constitution. He installed all council chairmen and the vice chairmen, and they are all voters (at the primary). He controlled one of the senators, Duro Faseyi, and five of the House of Representatives members. They contributed money; millions for him to do this primary, all the council chairmen brought money to him for this primary. He also used government money. Against a Dayo Adeyeye, who has no position, who has no money, no money, nothing. And these people were not allowed to associate with me at all; any executive they see around me or around any of my supporters, he will deal with them. Even to talk to people became problem. This is why Fayose is in trouble; for 771 to still vote for me, honestly it shows that he doesn’t enjoy any support. He is just sitting on a thread and he is going to fall by the grace of God.
We want to know your next point of call. Is it the SDP or the APC.
We have not made up our minds, one decision that is sure is what you have heard over there now (that I am leaving PDP). I am a democrat, we won’t just announce to the whole world like that. The people you see here are our representatives from the grassroots, women are represented, we told them in each local government area to send representatives to this forum. We have youths, we have elders, you can see that it’s a mixture of all the people; we selected them, it’s not a rally. Just key representatives to come here so that we can jointly take a decision. The resolution was passed but we have not decided, our next move will be known very soon.
How soon because you don’t have much time going by the INEC timetable?
Look, as we speak, five parties have approached me, five; they have approached me saying ‘come and take our ticket.’ It’s now left for me to meet with my inner circle to decide which one we are going to pick and once we pick that one, we just tell them put the name there. At this point, I don’t want to mention any party.