Ayo Fayose Insists That His Call On The Nwc Of PDP To Resign Is In Order As A Post-Election Review Comittee Is Inaugurated
Emmanuel Ani (Ado Ekiti), Patrick Osadebamwen (Abuja)
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has insisted that his call for the dissolution of the Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in good faith, and in the overall interest of the party. He said, “I have no apology on my position on the NWC because their responsibility as a party does not take away their failure in the last general elections.” As Fayose insisted on his, position, leadership of the party inaugurated a 15-man committee to carry out a post mortem of the party’s outing in the 2015 elections. Fayose, who also challenged the NWC to provide evidence of money released to him to prosecute the last elections, added that “only N30 million was received for the last two elections and to the glory of the Almighty God and support of Ekiti people, we won all elections outright.
I therefore demand the mode with which money was released to me by the NWC.” In a release issued in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose reiterated his commitment to the PDP, pointing out that if it remained only him in the party, he would continue to defend its course. “If it remains only me, I will continue to defend the course of this party because some people are born to stand up at difficult times, and I believe I am one of such people born to stand up for the PDP at this difficult time,” he said. Reiterating his call for the dissolution of the NWC, Governor Fayose said, “In saner climes, when a war commander leads his troupe to an embarrassing defeat, such commander does not need anyone to tell him that he needs to leave the war front for another commander to take over.”
While describing the attack on his person by the NWC as unfortunate, the governor said it was sad that the NWC members, especially the National Chairman were refusing to allow new people to manage the party after managing it into its first national electoral failure. “How do we explain the PDP losing so scandalously in Bauchi State, despite the presence of the National Chairman, Federal Capital Territory Minister and the State governor? “I am even more particular about the National Chairman because he sold the party to the opposition. I have cogent evidences of his unholy alliance with the opposition before the elections and if they go any further, I will expose all his underhand deals. “I want to say it again that I have no apology for calling for the resignation of the NWC members, especially the National Chairman. After all, someone resigned his position as the National Chairman for Alhaji Mu’azu to assume office.
“Lastly, let me say it categorically that they can only attempt to destroy this party for the moment, not forever. Sooner or later, they will all fade away and PDP will rise again,” the governor said. Meanwhile, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday inaugurated a 15 man committee to carry out a post mortem of the party’s outing in the 2015 elections. The committee which was given three weeks to complete its task was also tasked to probe the use of the party’s campaign funds. According to the term of reference, the committee is expected among other assignments: “look at the funding of the elections to determine whether or not the funds meant for the campaigns were adequate and whether disbursements were properly done. It is also “to identify different groups in the party who were to play critical roles before and during the elections and determine the effectiveness or otherwise”.
Leadership of the party has been caught in a scandalous appropriation of funds to itself. The funds are believed to be largesse from the campaign funds in which the chairman was alleged to have received N100m while other subordinate members got N30 million as booty. This was however defended by party’s national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, to be cumulative of its earning and allowances as well medical and furniture. Besides the absence of the PDP chairman, Dr. Adamu Muazu, who was earlier billed to inaugurate the committee, Governors Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, Theodore A. Orji of Abia and Ibrahim Dankwambo were also conspicuously absent at the Wadata House yesterday venue of the inauguration. National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh said the absence of the governors was due to communication gap arising from the arrival date of the party Chairman, Adamu Muazu, making many of them think the inauguration was for later date.
Chairman of the committee, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, was present while his secretary, Senator Walid Jibril’s absence was explained by the PDP National Secretary, Professor Adewale Oladipo, who inaugurated the committee, to be due to the surgery he had 24 hours earlier. Professor Oladipo explained that the recovering Walid Jibrin had requested the committee to permit Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri the opportunity to stand for him as interim secretary of the committee whilst he recovers. Speaking earlier at the inauguration, Professor Oladipo said inauguration of the committee was part of the process to kick-start the process to rebuild the party to making a strong outing in future elections. He said the party was proud over the political paradigm shift championed by President Goodluck Jonathan in conceding defeat whilst as an incumbent. Oladipo said the President and leader of the party, Goodluck Jonathan, had directed that members of the party from the leadership to the bottom of the rank must align themselves to the new vision of the party and sheathe their sword.