…says he can’t lead party
By Dayo Johnson
AKUREâ€”THE crisis within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State deepened yesterday when a concerned group announced the suspension of its party chairman, Dr Tayo Dairo, saying that he cannot lead the party to electoral victory in coming elections.
They said under him the party had lost two by-elections in the state to the Labour Party, LP, due to his “unpatriotic ways of running the party in the state.”
Under the auspices of Concerned and Committed members of the PDP, they said that failure of the chairman to abide by the suspension order within 14 days, the group would set up a parallel secretariat of the party in the state and council areas.
According to the groupâ€™s spokesman, Mr Dele Teniola, the tenure of Tayo Dairo-led executive council had failed to benefit the majority members of the party and it would be in the interest of the majority party members to eject him and others from office.
As an interim measure the group announced the nomination of Teniola as the chairman of the party, pending the time the party would have its congress to elect new leaders that would pilot the affairs of the party.
It argued that there is need to inject fresh blood into the executive committee of the party.
But the State Publicity Secretary of the party Chief Adeyemi Adedipe reacting to the action of the group described their action as a nullity noting that “their membership is not known to the partyâ€™s hierarchy in the State.