The Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement (PAAM), has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose and his cronies of allegedly ordering some electronic media in Ekiti State to blacklist its campaigns due to personal animosity.
PAAM, is the political platform of the former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who is gunning for the governorship seat on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The adoption of the Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola as the PDP’s sole candidate for the July 14 election, had pitted Adeyeye against a section of the party loyal to Fayose.
A statement signed by the PAAM’s Director of Media and Publicity, Chief Niyi Ojo, described as too belittling and appalling, series of alleged text messages being sent to some journalists in Ekiti against covering Adeyeye’s campaign on the premise that they were on retainership with the government.
The statement averred that journalists were daily being harassed by government’s agents for being fair to the opposition, saying no amount of desperation and coercion will make Fayose succeeds in his bid to unleash his surrogate on the state.
Ojo said: “The attention of Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement (PAAM) has been drawn to a text message from Lere Olayinka, the Special Assistant to Governor Fayose on Public Communication to some electronic media not to cover the declaration for Governorship rally of Prince Adeyeye.”
He quoted the text as: “The Governor is opposed to you going to cover opposition functions particularly, Adeyeye and co”.
He added, “It should be noted that the retainership these stations have with Ekiti State Government is serviced with Ekiti tax payers’ money not from the private pocket of Ayo Fayose.
“Moreover, it is the highest level of executive lawlessness for a Governor to term a member of his own party “opposition” simply because of dissenting opinions as to how the the new candidate of the party will emerge.
“One does not need a soothsayer to conclude that the desperation of Fayose to pick a successor is fast becoming a comic show eliciting laughter from all stakeholders. The media houses are enjoin to live up to their responsibilities of unbiased and balance reportage in the interest of Ekiti State in particular and Nigeria generally”.