By Priscilla Ediare, Teen Ekiti
A pro-Segun Oni group, the Ekiti Build Back Better (EBBB), has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State of turning school compounds in the state into campaign grounds for its candidate for governor, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji.
EBBS spokesperson Idowu Adelusi, in a press release made available to reporters at Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, said when the ruling party recently found out it was at risk of losing the 18 June in favor of Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate Asiwaju Segun Oni, “he resorted to the unthinkable by going to secondary schools to beg students to convince their parents to vote for BAO”.
Although the teachers, EBBB has learned, told the campaign team they would use election day to shamefully repay the Kayode Fayemi-led administration for forcing them to teach on empty stomachs.
The EBBB described the APC’s decision as “reckless child abuse and a cowardly act by a government that often claims to be an advocate for the protection of children’s rights.”
He questioned the morality behind carrying out political campaigns with students and teachers in their schools.
The group recalled that the APC had previously planned to disenfranchise many teachers “so that they cannot vote on election day, due to a strong belief in government circles that they will vote for the candidate of the SDP instead of BAO.
“The government had planned to collect their PVCs from them at N10,000 per card and then send them back after changing the original voting destination on the card to a remote destination.
“But the plan broke and the teachers refused to take out their PVCs.
“Should the APC throw morality into the wind because it wants to put Oyebanji in power at all costs, forgetting that the teachers and workers whom the Fayemi administration told to go to hell are not not morons?” asked the EBBB.
The group’s spokesperson revealed that the chairman of the Teaching Services Commission (TESCOM), Mr. BJ Abegunde, had been recruited by the campaign organization BAO to lead the team and had gone around the secondary schools, trying to persuade teachers and students to opt for BAO.
“The TESCOM boss reportedly even told teachers that since Oyebanji’s parents and wife are teachers, he would be a teacher-friendly governor.
“However, the teachers quickly replied to the boss of TESCOM that Oyebanji was the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) who had refused to pay the retired teachers their pensions and gratuities.
“They said ‘it’s the same government that teaches us on an empty stomach; a government that owes us salary arrears; a government that has not paid our holiday bonuses since 2018.
“We currently have hundreds of teachers at level 15 by promotion, but who receive level 12 salaries; there are promotions without financial support.
“Most of the incentives that teachers had were canceled by Governor Fayemi.
“Do you expect the teachers to hope for something better from Oyebanji?”
Adelusi revealed that in most of the schools visited by Abegunde and his team, the teachers were too cold towards them, although they decided to play with the BAO team to avoid being fired.
“Similarly, some government officials who were drafted into Abegunde’s team weren’t on the same page as their boss on assignment, as it was also evident in their body language,” he said. -he declares.