Thursday, 18 May 2017

PDP shows Fayose 'exit door' after defection rumour

PDP shows Fayose 'exit door' after defection rumour

You’re free to decamp - PDP faction tells Fayose

- A PDP faction loyal to Ali Modu Sheriff says the party will not miss Governor Fayose if he decamps to another party

- The faction claims Fayose wants to leave the PDP because he has lost control of the party structures in Ekiti state

- It says the exit of Fayose from the PDP will not adversely affect the fortunes of the party in anyway

The Ekiti state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) loyal to Ali Modu Sheriff has blasted Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state for threatening to dump the party should Sheriff win at the Supreme Court.

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The faction, in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, May 18, said the PDP will not miss Fayose if he dumps the party, the Tribune reports.

In the statement signed by the deputy chairman, Olasunkanmi Ogunbiyi and secretary, Ilesanmi Obe, the faction said Governor Fayose wanted to leave the party because he had lost control of the party structures in Ekiti state from ward to local government and state level in accordance with a federal high court judgement.

It said the exit of Fayose from PDP will not adversely affect the fortunes of the party, adding that “all the ward, local government and state executives as well as the state’s leadership caucus remain intact.”

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A PDP faction loyal to Ali Modu Sheriff has said Fayose is free to leave the PDP.

The faction also said: "Most of the elected and appointed officials at all levels of government have resolved to remain in PDP and are not following Fayose if he eventually defects again and chase shadows as usual.”

According to them: "All the 177 wards and 16 local governments still believe in the PDP as the party that delivered and performed best so far since the creation of Ekiti State,” saying “the incontrovertible fact is that on the two occasions he won the governorship elections it was the PDP that provided the platform and opportunities for him.”

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The PDP recalled that the governor had once tried his popularity when he contested for the central senatorial seat while in Labour Party and failed.

It said this proves that the PDP platform aided Fayose’s victories and not his so-called popularity.

The faction said if Fayose decides to leave PDP again, the party will not miss him as the PDP remains strong and intact under the able leadership of Chief Clement Awoyelu, the first state chairman of the party.

We recall that Fayose caused a stir earlier when he threatened to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if Senator Ali Modu Sheriff wins at the Supreme Court as chairman of the party.

The party has been involved in leadership tussle with Senator Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi taking the case to the Apex Court to determine who deserves to be the true chairman of the party.

According to Channels TV, Fayose who belongs to the Makarfi-led faction has declared that he would leave the PDP if Sheriff ultimately wins.

Fayose insisted that although at the moment he remains a core PDP member, he would not hesitate to dump the party if Makarfi does not win at the Supreme Court.

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