We won’t allow Fayose hijack Ekiti PDP, says factional chairman

Africa Press-Nigeria:

Factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti, Kehinde Odebunmi has vowed he will not allow former Governor Ayo Fayose hijack the party.

Odebunmi said this at the weekend when he featured on a local programme, The Conversation, on New Cruse 92.7 FM, Ikere.

He insisted other leaders also matter in the management of the party.

The factional chairman accused the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) of colluding with Fayose to disallow internal democracy and freedom of choice of leaders.

He vowed that everything legally and constitutionally possible would be done to resist Fayose from hijacking the party, which he said belongs to all card-carrying members in all the 177 wards in the state.

Odebunmi accused the Secondus-led NWC of taking sides with the faction led by Fayose, which produced Hon. Bisi Kolawole as factional chairman.

He contended the NWC is a biased umpire in all the congresses in the state with its alleged collusion with Fayose to impose excos on party members without allowing free and fair election to produce new leadership.

He insisted that he remains the authentic PDP Ekiti chairman, claiming the congress which produced him was held in all the 177 wards while the one conducted by the faction loyal to Fayose held in only 155 wards.

Odebunmi, who faulted a letter allegedly written by the PDP National Secretary, Umaru Tsauri, which recognised the exco-led by Bisi Kolawole, said the letter should have been signed by the National Chairman and National Secretary or National Secretary and Organising Secretary.

He slammed Fayose for his opposition to the adoption of Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde as Southwest PDP leader, saying former Ekiti governor enjoyed same privilege during his tenure.

Odebunmi, who described Fayose’s attack on Makinde as ‘mischievous’, said the Oyo governor was chosen to occupy the position being the most senior serving political office holder in the zone.


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