The Minister of State for Works, Dayo Adeyeye, has chided the All Progressives Congress, APC, for its opposition to the appointment of Musiliu Obanikoro as a minister, saying the party was becoming too irritating in its desperation for power.
The minister, who said in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, that Obanikoro never participated in the rigging of any election, added that “Ekiti people wholeheartedly voted for Governor Ayodele Fayose and no amount of falsehood and propaganda can erode that fact.
“Even the United States said the election result reflected the will of Ekiti’s voters and that the security forces collaborated effectively and provided a safe and secure environment free of major incidents.”
Adeyeye said it was becoming more worrisome the way the APC elements go about trying to pull down any individual or organisation that refused to be corrupted by them.
He said that “assuming but not conceding that the audio tape they are talking about is real, there’s nothing in it to suggest that soldiers were told to rig the election.
“What I heard was people showing apprehension on the need to prevent APC thugs from operating and money from being shared at the polling units.
“If one may ask, was it soldiers and Obanikoro that made the APC to lose in more than 80 per cent of the polling units in Ekiti State?”
The minister said APC was only showing its fear for Obanikoro because of his political influence in Lagos and across the Southwest by kicking against his ministerial appointment.
He challenged the party to take the audio clip to court instead of going about passing verdict of guilty on innocent Nigerians who only refused to be corrupted by the party.
“The truth is that APC cannot operate under a credible environment. Once the party is against an institution, be sure that such an institution has refused to be corrupted.
“That was the reason they went on the streets of Abuja in November 2013, calling for the removal of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega because the party lost the Anambra State Governorship election.
“Interestingly, the same APC that wanted Jega sacked in 2013 are now the apostle of ‘Jega must not be sacked’ apparently because they perceived the INEC boss as doing their bidding,” Adeyeye said.