As the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Governorship primary election holds in Ekiti State today (Thursday) , crisis is now brewing in the party, as former Deputy Governor , Mr. Bisi Omoyeni has boycotted the exercise, citing allegations of fraud and manipulations by party top hierarchy .
Omoyeni , former Group Managing Director of the Wema Bank PLC, and Deputy Governor to Governor Ayodele Fayose during his first term in office, appealed to SDP national leadership to annul the election and order a rerun.
The former Deputy governor alleged the State Working Committee of deregistering his supporters in all the 16 local government areas.
Omoyeni defected to the party from the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) since 2017, after Fayose adopted his deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola as
the sole candidate of the party.
At a press conference in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, Omoyeni and the Director General of his campaign organization, Engr Ayo Adekola , called for the postponement of the exercise in the spirit of fairness, justice and equity.
The ex-Ekiti number two man added that he had earlier called for the zoning of the governorship slot to the south and Ikere Ekiti, where he hailed from in particular, to compensate for the loss suffered by Dr Kola Adeniyan in 2014.
Adeniyan, who had secured SDP’s ticket at that time had later fallen ill before the ticket was given to another man from the Central to contest the June 21, 2014 governorship election.
Omoyeni said: “As I speak to you, many of my supporters in Ikere Ekiti and other councils were being denied access to the register and this was on the day of the primary.
“It is sad that my supporters have been systematically deregistered and excluded . Every aspirant must have access to the register. Even ikere, my town has no register as we speak, the person they gave it to did not allow us access.
“Let me say this, I have told our party leaders to correct all these anomalies before Thursday or postpone the exercise.
“As these continue to persist , I have no option than to withdraw from the race”, he said.
Omoyeni clarified that his stand that consensus should be adopted in picking the candidate didn’t portray him as a coward, saying he was well fortified and equipped to compete with any of the aspirants.
In a speech presented by Director General of his campaign outfit, Adekola, he hinted that consensus could have been the most appropriate and justifiable way to settle the differences. in view of the fact that the whole executive structures of the party from the ward to the state levels were appointed.
“How can those who were appointed be thinking of election? I expect that zoning could have been the best option , especially to Ikere town, where our candidate in 2014 came from”.
“We want to also noted that most of our members have been denied sense of belonging because they don’t have cards and their names are in not in the register.
“We want to remind the present executive that they got there through consensus and the elders of the party have not broken any law by opting for consensus”.