The Southwest zonal leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the meeting held by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, with some party leaders in Ado-Ekiti on Monday as illegal. The PDP zonal leadership in a statement signed by its chairman, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, said the governor overstepped the boundary of his power by allowing his alleged inordinate ambition to push him to summon the meeting.
The statement read: “The attention of the South West Zonal leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to a purported meeting of the South West PDP held today (Monday) in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, at the instance of Governor Ayo Fayose.
“Ordinarily, any action by a character like Governor Ayo Fayose does not deserve a response from a responsible quarter. But, for record purposes, it is important to point out that Fayose is the big shame bedeviling the PDP family, especially in the South West.
“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.
“It is most ridiculous that Fayose has become a slave to his inordinate ambition, and for that reason he must destroy an otherwise solid and responsible institution like the PDP. He must be reminded that he was the least qualified to be Ekiti Governor when he was foisted on the party and the people of the state. Most of those who fell for his trick of being a better and more mature person are now full of regrets.
“At the height of his executive rascality, Fayose would throw every rule of the game to the rubbish bag as long as he continues to dwell in his fool’s Paradise. He denigrates the judiciary when a judgment or ruling does not favour him. Yet, this same funny character seeks succour from the same institution that he vilifies with reckless abandon. It is only an unbalanced character that switches like this.
“I wish to state that Fayose, Eddy Olafeso and his co-travellers are clearly in contempt of the subsisting judgment and orders of Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division and the Federal High Court, Lagos.
“While the Court of Appeal sacked the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee and set aside everything that was purportedly done at the botched 21st of May, 2016 National Convention, the Federal High Court, Lagos, in a judgment delivered on the 17th of May, 2016 specifically nullified the purported zonal congress that was said to have produced Olafeso and his gang and proclaimed that the tenure of my exco remains till October, 2018.”