Stop disparaging Afe Babalola, Ado youths warn Ekiti APC

Youths in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, under the aegis of Ado

Progressives Youths (APY) have warned the All Progressives Congress

(APC) in the State to stop disparaging the founder of Afe Babalola

University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), describing any

attack on him as a direct attack on the entire people of Ado Ekiti in

particular and Ekiti State in general.
Reacting to a write-up titled “See Where Ekiti Elders Have Led Us”

purportedly written by one faceless Elder Adedayo Falade, the APY

accused the APC Spokesperson, Taiwo Olatunbosun and an aide of former

governor and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode

Fayemi, Mr Hakeem Jamiu of being the brains behind the offensive

write-up.
Rising from its meeting at Odo-Ado, in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, the APY

said in a statement signed by its President, Asiwaju Adewale Falade,

that it was the height of irresponsibility for the APC in Ekiti State

to be circulating online, such a write-up against a revered leader of

Ekiti like Afe Babalola just because of his support for Governor

Ayodele Fayose.
The youths demanded an unreserved apology from the APC for attempting

to bring the good name of Aare Afe Babalola into disrepute, saying;

“We take exception to anyone disrespecting Baba Afe and any leader in

Ado Ekiti because of politics and this irresponsible politics of the

APC must stop.”
“Today, Afe Babalola is the highest contributor to the economy of

Ekiti State apart from the government. How can any sane Ekiti person

be referring to such a man as the number one enemy of Ekiti State, who

won’t mind romancing anybody as long as his business interest is

protected?
“Why is it that the APC in Ekiti State will not mind pulling any Ekiti

indigene down just because of politics?
“That was how the APC Chairman, Jide Awe led over 50 members of the

party to protest against Afe Babalola in faraway Ibadan, Oyo State in

2007 just because he was perceived as not supporting Fayemi, their

party candidate in 2007.
“The other time too, it was the General Overseer of the Redeemed

Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye that the

APC disparaged and accused of collecting bribe just because he

commended Governor Fayose for his courage and willingness to defend

Ekiti people and the cause of the common man in the country.

“They also abused the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola just for

visiting Governor Fayose in Ekiti and describing the governor as an

‘omoluabi’ and a performer.
“We wonder what manner of political party goes about disparaging and

castigating senior citizens of Nigeria like Afe Babalola, Pastor

Adeboye and others just for holding opinions contrary to those of the

party.
“We therefore warn the APC in Ekiti State to stop behaving rascally by

sponsoring negative write-ups against notable indigenes of Ekiti State

just because they support the progressives efforts of Governor

Fayose.”

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SOURCE :The Nigerian Voice (opinions)

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