- Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has constantly seen himself as the face of the opposition in Nigeria
- As the chairman of the PDP Governors' Forum, he has remained critical of the Muhammadu Buhari administration
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the south-west have accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state of causing bigger problems for the party with his controversial utterances.
Fayose had accused the leaders of the party of keeping silent while Ali Modu Sheriff, who he called a mole, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are doing all within their powers to kill the PDP.
The governor met with some members of the party from the zone on Monday, March 6, 2017 and accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of forcing governors to donate N10 million each to the construction of his presidential library.
The Punch reports that the chairman of the PDP in the zone, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, said in a statement in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria that those who attended Fayose’s meeting were his cronies and not officials of the party.
“Fayose’s action in summoning a meeting he lacks the right to call at a time when well-meaning leaders and elders are calling for restraint and reconciliation is most despicable.
“Otherwise, how do we describe his action and utterances under the guise of a non-existent and illegal South-West PDP leaders forum?
“In what capacity did he call the meeting of South-West PDP leaders? Can a governor call a zonal PDP leaders’ meeting?
“Has he been able to call a full meeting of the PDP Governors’ Forum which he purports to lead? We thank God that most of the respectable leaders of our party in the South-West shunned the illegal gathering,” Ogundipe said adding that Fayose was bent on destroying an otherwise solid and responsible institution such as the PDP.
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While saying Fayose was the least qualified to be Ekiti governor when he was chosen as the party candidate, Ogundipe insisted that those who attended Fayose’s meeting went in contempt of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt division as well as the Federal High Court, Lagos.
The rulings had favoured Ali Modu Sheriff against the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party.