Emmanuel Ani in Ado Ekiti captures the intrigues that played out among the executive members of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leading to a brake away group that announced the removal of the Chairman.
All is not well in within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State. Fresh crisis has hit Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, as a faction of the party on Tuesday removed the State Chairman, Mr Idowu Faleye from office for alleged ineptitude andbreach of the party’s constitution. Many think it is a fall-out of the fight between Governor Ayodele Fayose and the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, who the governor had alleged mismanaged the ruling party to its first defeat in after ruling for sixteen years.
In fact in a Channels TV interview during the week, Fayose disclosed that few months to the election, Muazu held a close door meeting with leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. In Fayose’s views the meeting was an anti-party activity, in fact a political hara-kiri. According to him, he got to know about the meeting by chance. He had gone to visit Muazu in Bauchi but the party chairman dismissed “all Yorubas in the place until a later day.
But when I asked him a few days later, he revealed that he was having a meeting with Bola Tinubu on that day…” But party leaders who effected the change in leadership have denied any connection with the fight between their state governor and the party national chairman, even as they admitted that they are yet to brief him, claiming independence of the party executive members to carry out the removal of the local chairman.
Subsequently, the State Executive Council, which was said to have carried out the action without notifying Governor Ayodele Fayose, had elected Mr Olatunde Olatunde, the Acting Chairman, pending the time the vacancy will be filled. Faleye , who hailed from Ido Ekiti in Ido/ Osi Local Government was appointed the Chairman in 2014, following the elevation of Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, who once occupied the seat , as the National Vice Chairman, Southwest geopolitical zone.
Addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Olatunde said Faleye resigned voluntarily from office to correct the mistake made in his appointment as the State Chairman, having come from the same ward 1 , Ido Ekiti with the State Youth leader, coupled with his alleged inefficiency in office . He said the action has been transmitted to the Alhaji Adamu Muazu-led National Working Committee in Abuja through the zonal party apparatus, led by Ogundipe. “We held the State Executive Committee’s meeting at our secretariat in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday , where Chief Idowu Faleye was confronted with the fact that we made mistake in his appointment. “We follow Federal Character in the appointment in our party. We cannot appoint two different principal officers from the same ward; it is against our constitution. Faleye is from the same Ido Ward 1 wherethe State Youth Leader comes from.
“Apart from this, the former Chairman never called any meeting since he came on board . We confronted him at the meeting with all these and he willingly stepped down after a prolonged argument and debate. “Going by the constitution, when an officer resigned, such position will be filled from his zone. Faleye is from Ido/Osi and I am from Ilejemeje and it was on the basis of this that the SEC, the highest organ of the party elected me in acting capacity “, he said .
He denied that the removal was a fallout of the fight between Governor Fayose and Muazu, who had been embroiled in crisis over the disastrous outing of the party in the last general elections. Olatunde, who added that the change in the leadership was yet to be communicated to Fayose, said Faleye’s removal was not an attempt to get at the governor, saying the governor remains a respectable leader of the party. “We have not told the governor, but he was aware of the action informally. But we will visit him before Friday to officially notify him.
“Though , we have not breached any constitution by not confiding in Governor before taking the action because going by the constitution of our party, there is a difference between governance and the party. The governor holds the governance but he is a PDP member under me”, hesaid. Olatunde insisted that the change in the leadership won’t result in any implosion in the party, saying it was targeted at strengthening the party and reposition it for better outing in the future elections. “We are making a change for the betterment of the party.
Those who had abandoned the party had started calling us since Tuesday promising to work with us. So I know that this will make our party to wax stronger. “But if there are issues to settle, we won’t hesitate to do that. All we are doing is to make the PDP stronger for better performance”, he stated. The governor is yet to react and attempt to get his reaction as at the time of filing this story proved abortive, but given his openness, it would not be long.