The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of deploying his aides to unleash serial media attacks on Pastor Enoch Adeboye and blame them on APC to set Nigerians, particularly christians of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, against the party and its leaders.
The party had a few days ago refuted link with a media report castigating Adeboye for praising Fayose during the visit by the man of God to the state.
However, the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti in a statement on Monday by its spokesperson, Jackson Adebayo, had described the denial as “an afterthought.”
The PDP claimed that Awe only recanted his statement when he saw the public outcry against his reckless statement about the man of God.
But the state APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday that the serial media attacks on Adeboye were orchestrated “by a criminal gang working for Fayose to always set communities against communities, individuals against individuals, and individuals against institutions.”
He said such malicious report purportedly by APC followed the same pattern of alleged Fayose’s subterfuge to “criminally” set the public against the party for undeserved public sympathy.
The statement alleged that Fayose’s media aides led by Lere Olayinka had issued two damaging press releases against Adeboye but ascribed them to the APC in a “criminal conspiracy to paint the party in bad light to incur the wrath of Redeemed Church members and general public.”
He said, “We want to make it plain with all sense of responsibility that APC is not the author of the two press statements as we have utmost respect for men of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye in particular.
“The two press statements bear the footprint of Fayose in his characteristic manner to push fictitious and damaging press releases in the media against individuals and institutions and ascribe them to his opponents to incur public opprobrium.
“Nigerians should remember that this same Fayose criminally printed posters in Chief Afe Babalola’s name in 2005 purporting that the innocent elderstatesman wanted to contest election against him, hence the incessant criticisms of his government by the innocent Senior Advocate of Nigeria.