By Gbenga Ariyibi
ADO-EKITI—The new governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has cautioned members of the ruling Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, against any reprisal attack on members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying as a party, ACN should be able to show good example to others.
Fayemi said security reports revealed that there were cases of attacks in some major towns and villages on members of the opposition, noting that he would find it difficult to link any ACN member to such an anti-social behaviour.
Addressing party members yesterday during the issuance of ACN new membership card to party members, which himself, his wife and his Deputy, Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka and the former governor of Old Ondo State, Evang Dele Olumilua, received from officials of the party from the national secretariat, the governor urged ACN members to forget all forms of injustice meted to them.
According to him: “I found it hard to believe that members of our party are launching attacks on the opposition. Please, I want to urge you to maintain peace, so that these people will not use our names to perpetrate evils to get public sympathy. We don’t even need to launch attack on anybody, God has done what we wanted.
What I expect from you is to forge ahead and be hopeful that the dividends of democracy will soon come to your doorsteps.”
He promised to implement people-oriented programmes of the first democratically elected Governor of the State to bring the needed dividends of democracy to the people.
Commenting on the registration exercise, Fayemi advised all aspirants to elective positions in the state not to use the opportunity to mop up membership cards , which they could use to truncate the conduct of the primary elections in the party.
He added that having fought for three and half years to reclaim his stolen mandate from the PDP, the party had become a platform for the building of institution that would deepen the rule of law, constitutionalism and free and fair election.
In his own contribution, the State Chairman of the Party, Chief Jide Awe, vowed to deal decisively with any of the party members that flouted the rule for registration.
The ACN chairman reminded that as a party in control of government that members had to continue to show good examples top other political parties and portrayed the ACN as a party that had the capacity to put smiles on the faces of the downtrodden masses.