A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osita Okechukwu, has accused Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, of inciting Nigerians against the ruling party.
Okechukwu was reacting to comments made by Fayemi on The Platform, a programme organised by the Covenant Christian Centre, aired live on Channels Television on Saturday.
Fayemi had said, “If your search is a regime change in a democracy, there is only one way for regime change in a democracy. You work towards it.
“Another election is going to come if you do not like what APC is doing, stop agonising, organise against the party. Link up with others who are organising and then kick the APC out of office and put people that you think will do better.”
Speaking with newsmen Sunday in Abuja, Okechukwu slammed Fayemi for calling on those criticising the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to organise and vote out the APC.
Okechukwu said rather than the governor use his position to organise the Governors Forum to unlock democracy at the state level, he used the event to cast the APC in a bad light.
The APC stalwart said he has tremendous respect for Fayemi, but his speech at the Covenant Platform on Saturday is in simplicity anti-party and overkill.
He said, “Is it politically correct for a person of his caliber to use such a worldwide audience and uncommon platform to incite people against our great party?
“Yes, one agrees with him that there are competing narratives and some unforced security errors were made. But one expected him to use his acclaimed intellectual prowess to mobilise his fellow governors to unlock democracy at the state and local government tiers.
“In the marketplace of restructuring APC is marked Zero percent, whilst we scored more than 40 percent in opening the frontier of democracy with independent judiciary and legislature at the state level. That’s real restructuring.”
He added, “A diligent party leader could have commenced mobilization of his colleagues in 2018, the day President Buhari signed the amendment of Section 121(3) into law.”