The governor noted that his disagreement with Oshiomhole was on account of the kangaroo approach of disqualifying Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo from the APC primaries and “his unconscionable autocratic management of party affairs whilst he was chairman of the party.”
Oshiomhole had during a television interview accused Fayemi of asking him to rig election for him, an offer he allegedly refused.
Fayemi’s spokesman, Yinka Oyebode, in a statement made available to The Star on Tuesday said: “The attention of the Governor of Ekiti State and Presidential Aspirant on the platform of the APC, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has been drawn to a spurious allegation by a former National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, that the governor once asked him to rig an election in his favour.
“The allegation, which was made on a national television, is not only false, puerile and laughable, it is a figment of the imagination of the former APC Chairman as Governor Fayemi has never asked Oshiomhole to rig any election for him or any other person and never had any reason to ask for such.
“Members of the public are therefore urged to disregard the allegations by Comrade Oshiomhole, who apparently is still experiencing a post-traumatic stress disorder on account of his removal as Chairman of APC.
“It is on record, Dr. Fayemi was not responsible for Comrade Oshiomhole’s removal as Chairman of the APC. He has his ward executives and the courts to blame for that.
“The Ekiti State Governor has always considered Comrade Oshiomhole a friend and political associate even if they had fundamental differences over his kangaroo approach of disqualifying Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, from the APC primaries and his unconscionable autocratic management of party affairs whilst he was chairman of the party.”
Fayemi stated that there is no basis for him to have asked Oshiomhole to rig for him.
According to him, “For avoidance of doubt, Governor Fayemi has no reason to approach Comrade Oshiomhole for favours for any election. Governor Fayemi has a stellar track record of being a consummate democrat even in difficult times.
“Many Nigerians can easily recall his historic concession speech in 2014 in an election that was clearly lost to electoral sleight of hand at the behest of the then People’s democratic Party (PDP) –led Federal Government. Others will also recall how he spent years in court patiently pursuing the retrieval of his stolen mandate between 2007 and 2010. He has demonstrated nothing but decency, decorum and fidelity to the rule of law in all his years in politics and public office.
“We challenge Mr Oshiomhole to provide the public with independently verifiable evidence of his unsubstantiated claims, if true.”
Fayemi said he remains steadfast in the pursuit of his aspiration to get the APC ticket for the 2023 presidential election.
“No amount of mudslinging from disenchanted individuals would distract or discourage him,” he said.