Fayose Attacks Buhari Again – Governors in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have taken a swipe at the government of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the scandals that have rocked the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues during the opening session of the 76th PDP National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting held at the PDP headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, October 24, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state said:
“If we don’t expose them (APC government), nobody will do so.
“The APC is now in many scandals, we have to keep our voices up to expose them. Armed robbers calling people thieves, who are the armed robbers now?
“We must tell the whole world that the PDP is the best place to be; the last convention was applauded. I want to believe that this one will be the same.
“In this convention, there will be winner and loser, but in all, the party must win.
“The fact that you did not win should not make you to destroy the party”.
Present at the meeting were Governors Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and the deputy governor of Bayelsa state, John Jonah.
Meanwhile, PDP National Executive Committee also expressed worry over the way the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, is conducting the affairs of the party in his state.
The worry was said to have followed the motion raised by Senator Abiodun Olujimi, who represents Ekiti South Senatorial District in the Senate at the meeting.
Olujimi was said to have raised the issue of how the governor has been treating members of the party he believes do not belong to his camp in the state.
A source at the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “The senator itemised what has been happening in the state. She said some indigenes of the state have been harassed and beaten by members of the PDP in the state and wondered how the party would go into the election with a divided house.”
The spokesperson for the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, confirmed the development while briefing journalists after the over six-hour meeting.
Adeyeye said Olujimi raised the matter at the meeting with a warning that the party would lose the 2018 governorship election in the state if Fayose was not cautioned.
Olujimi, Adeyeye and some members of the party in the state had complained about how Fayose imposed his deputy, Prof. Olusola Eleka, as the party’s governorship candidate for the election.
The governor was also said to have unilaterally set age limit for the candidates of the party in the forthcoming local government election in the state.
He was also said to have used the Government House as the venue for the party’s primaries for the election.
According to Adeyeye, the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the party, Ahmed Makarfi, expressed worry over the matter.
He said the former governor of Kaduna State told the NEC members that the issue was being looked into.
The former minister of state for works said, “Senator Olujimi raised the issue of what is happening in Ekiti State. She raised the many constitutional violations and acts of impunity of the governor which she brought to the attention of the PDP NEC members.
“The chairman (Makarfi) said that certain actions were being taken on these issues in order to avoid catastrophic reactions in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.”