- Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has revealed why his faction of the PDP is fighting Ali Modu Sheriff
- Fayose says Sheriff's planned convention is being sponsored by the All Progressives Congress which has made funds available
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has revealed that the factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, may have received $1 million from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Fayose, who is the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, further reiterated his support for the decision of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee to appeal the Court of Appeal, Port-Harcourt judgement on the leadership of the party.
“There cannot be any meaningful reconciliation with an impossible character like Senator Ali Modu Sheriff who is obviously working for political interests different from that of the PDP,” he said.
Fayose said he was aware that well over $1 million had been provided by the APC to fund the convention being planned by the Sheriff group while adequate security will also be provided by the security agencies “that are now more like part of the APC.
“This is being done so as to sustain the party’s plot to turn Nigeria to a one party state.”
Speaking through Lere Olayinka, his special assistant on public communications and new media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose, who said he was reacting in his capacity as the governor of Ekiti state to the submission of report of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led reconciliation committee to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, added: "All constitutionally recognised organs of the party, including staff of the national secretariat are with the Markafi-led caretaker committee and since political party is about membership, Sheriff will continue to carry with himself the burden of lack of legitimacy."
In the statement made available to NAIJ.com, the governor, who said he had nothing against Governor Dickson, added that: “I respect Governor Dickson, he is my brother and he is entitled to his own personal opinion just as I am entitled to mine. But I must state it categorically that no genuine lover of the PDP will take part in a convention sponsored by the APC.”
According to the governor, who said implementation of the Dickson committee report was beyond Sheriff, noted that: “Assuming but not conceding that the report is acceptable, can Sheriff even implement it? Where will he find seven serving governors, seven former ministers, etc?”
Governor Fayose reiterated that no meaningful reconciliation can be done with Senator Sheriff, adding that: "With APC calling for support for Sheriff, it should be clear to all genuine lovers of the PDP who are behind the crisis in the party.
“I am speaking for myself and the entire people of Ekiti State that I represent; we won’t be part of any PDP convention sponsored by the APC and I must state categorically that Sheriff is being sponsored 100 percent by the APC.
“We therefore remain undaunted in our support for the Markafi committee and its decision to approach the Supreme Court to challenge the Appeal Court, Port-Harcourt judgement.”