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Ekiti APC youths berate Omirin, lawmakers for shunning elders peace parley

By Tope Ogunkuade
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For refusing to attend the peace meeting organised by elders in Ekiti State led by Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) to find political solution to the crisis between the two factions in the State House of Assembly, youths in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, under the aegis of Ekiti APC Youths Congress (EAYC) have described the APC lawmakers, including the former Speaker, Dr Adewale Omirin as enemies of the State and the party.

The youths said it was an insult on Ekiti State and its people for Omirin and the lawmakers to shun a meeting called by someone of Aare Afe Babalola’s standing, adding that; “Omirin and his colleagues are making Ekiti people to hate the APC the more because they are behaving as if they are bigger than the State and its people.”

In a press statement issued on Thursday and jointly signed by Mr Tope Ogunkuade and Comrade Tunji Adeleye, Convener and Secretary respectively, the EAYC described the lawmakers excuse for not attending the meeting as untenable, saying; “the personality of Aare Afe Babalola should be enough to convince anyone that is genuinely interested in the peace of Ekiti State to attend the meeting.”

EAYC said; “If they had accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of planning to instigate the people to molest them, that would have made some kind of sense, not that childish claim that the governor planned to use police to arrest them.

“The question is, for what offence would they have been arrested? Or are they saying the police can just go about arresting people without committing any offence?”

Condemning Dr Omirin for going on Adaba FM radio station in Akure to castigate the peace meeting, the APC youths said it was laughable that Omirin, who could not win his reelection in just a single local government, could boast that he would win if he contests for governor.

“These people are just destroying our party because of their blinded desperation for power.

“Now, Ekiti people are seeing APC as a party of troublemakers, who are unmindful of the yearnings of the people for peace, development and political stability in the State.

“Those remote-controlling Omirin and his colleagues from Lagos, Oshogbo and Abuja should know that they are not helping our party in Ekiti and if they want to find out the level of damage they have done to the party, they should come to Ekiti and hear what people are saying ,” the youths said.