‘Why Fayose was de­nied use of sta­dium for cam­paign’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

The Ek­iti State govern­ment said yes­ter­day that it de­nied the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) the use of Oluyemisi Kay­ode Sta­dium, Ado Ek­iti, for flag off of Ayo Fayose’s gov­er­nor­ship cam­paign, be­cause the fa­cil­ity had been booked for a league match.

The PDP, through the Ayo Fayose Cam­paign Of­fice (AFCO), had lam­basted the state govern­ment for deny­ing it use of the fa­cil­ity to flag off its gov­er­nor­ship cam­paign which was to be per­formed by Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan.

Ad­dress­ing a

press con­fer­ence on Sun­day, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Ayo Fayose Cam­paign Or­gan­i­sa­tion (AFCO), Chief Dipo Anisu­lowo, said their re­quest to the govern­ment for the use of the fa­cil­ity, through a let­ter dated March 28, was turned down in a re­ply with ref­er­ence No SS2 Vol. 1V/8, dated April 2 and signed by one Mr. P.O. Dada.

Anisu­lowo said: “The Ek­iti State sta­dium be­longs to the people. The pub­lic util­ity is be­ing funded with Ek­iti peo­ples’ money. It is there­fore sur­pris­ing that the people of Ek­iti who are mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion party are be­ing de­nied the use of the pub­lic util­ity, more so when Gover­nor Kay­ode Fayemi and his party used the same sta­dium for the same pur­pose.”

Fol­low­ing the re­fusal, the PDP said it had shifted the ex­er­cise in­def­i­nitely.

But yes­ter­day, the govern­ment through the Com­mis­sioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Kay­ode Olaose­bikan, said the sta­dium had been booked for a sport­ing event, adding that the PDP could use it when it is free.

“The sta­dium is al­ready booked for a league match for that same day. If it is an­other day, there would be no prob­lem. Any­body can ask for the use of the sta­dium and if avail­able, it will be re­leased. Pub­lic property are pri­mar­ily meant for sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

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