Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains in Ile-Ife, the Osun State home town of the Director of Media and Publicity of the party’s Presidential Campaign, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, have thrown their weight behind Fani- Kayode, declaring that he remains an authentic member of the party. Addressing a press conference in Ile-Ife yesterday, the chairman of the party in Ward 05, Iremo, Ile-Ife, Mr. Rasheed Ojikutu, stressed that the party at the ward level was in support of Fani-Kayode because of his unequivocal commitment to the progress of the party from the ward to the national level. It would be recalled that the NWC of the party had, through its National Secretary , Prof. Wale Oladipo, directed the Osun State chairman of the party, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa, to authenticate the membership status of Fani-Kayode.
Ojikutu, who described Fani- Kayode as a committed and financial member of the party, warned members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to stop victimising the former Aviation Minister, saying his commitment to the sustenance of the party in Ile-Ife and Osun State at large cannot be over-emphasised. He also described the former Minister as a great pillar of support and beacon of light to the party in Ile-Ife and Osun State at large. His words: “Fani-Kayode was issued the party’s membership card in Iremo Ward 05, Ile-Ife when he defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP, stressing that he has since been contributing well to the party at all levels. “Fani-Kayode is a loyal and bona-fide member of the PDP.
He was issued a membership card of the party in our ward here in Ile-Ife, his home town, when he returned to the party following relentless and intense pressure from us, and since then, he has been contributing immensely and generously far above the statutory required levies, both in cash and in kind to the continued growth of our party at all levels. “It came to us as a surprise that despite the immense and contributions of Chief Fani-Kayode to the PDP at all levels, the National Working Committee of the party is seeking disciplinary action against him just because he joined other great party leaders like Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State in calling for the NWC members to go home after leading the party to its worst election in its 16 years of history.
“We wonder why among all the people that raised similar issue, only Chief Fani-Kayode has been singled out for a planned sanction. Could this be a deliberate plan to victimise this great man and force him out of the party he laboured so much for? If it is so, we assure Nigerians that we shall stand by Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and his likes to the end, no matter the cost to our persons and offices. We abhor victimisation, injustice and tyranny, and we shall prove this with all our strength and everything at our disposal in the coming days unless those concerned retrace their steps.” The PDP leader added that “anyone from Ile-Ife who tries to embarrass our leaders, be it Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Chief Iyiola Omisore or any other leader, is a traitor and