An aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose, Lere Olayinka, has denied report that the governor ordered the suspension of certain councilors and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains for supporting governorship aspirants other than the deputy governor, Olusola Eleka.
Recently, a report went viral alleging that Fayose excused certain members of the party from a meeting and ordered their suspension for failing to support his preferred aspirant, Eleka.
Reacting to the claims, Olayinka in a statement on Monday, said that though the governor has declared his support for Eleka to pick the PDP governorship ticket, but he didn’t stop any leaders or members of the party from supporting any aspirant of their choice.
He explained that those excused from a meeting held recently were those not in support of Eleka as the governor had earlier indicated that the meeting was purposely to discuss issues on his (Eleka) governorship bid.
“During the meeting called by the governor on Sunday, he announced publicly that the meeting was for those in support of the deputy governor’s guber ambition and not a general meeting of PDP members,” Olayinka explained.
“The governor then urged those supporting other aspirants to leave the meeting and added that he had no issue with anyone supporting aspirants of his or her choice.
“The position expressed by the governor in the meeting was simple and should be understandable to clear-minded people because there was no how supporters of other aspirants will be allowed to attend meeting in which issues bordering on the aspiration of Prof Kolapo Olusola will be discussed.
“Therefore, the report that Governor Fayose ordered suspension of any councilor or any official of the PDP in the State for supporting any aspirant is false and should be disregarded.
“Furthermore, Governor Fayose has not hidden his support for Prof Kolapo Olusola as his preferred aspirant and that has not stopped other leaders and members of the PDP from also exercising their democratic rights of supporting aspirants of their choice.”