By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- NATIONAL chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has described the alleged suspension of former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Ayodele Fayose from the party by a faction of the PDP as a violation of laid down procedures and cannot stand.
According to Tukur, the move was an affront on the national leadership of the party without the consent of Tukur led National Working Committee, NWC, just as he expressed surprise that such a far reaching decision involving a former Governor and a Gubernatorial Aspirant of the Party can be taken by the State Chapter without due consultations and consent of the National Leadership of the Party.
In a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Prince Oliver Okpala Special Assistant, the PDP National Chairman made these statements when he received some members of the Ekiti State Executive of the Party, accompanied by some Elders and led by the former Governor who was at the National secretariat to complain to Tukur over the unilateral suspension of the former Governor of the State by the State Chairman of the Party.
The National Chairman however promised that the National Leadership of the Party will create a conducive and enabling environment for every member to contest for election to any office, adding that even where it becomes necessary that there should be a consensus arrangement, everybody within the party must be carried along so that nobody at the end will feel short-changed or isolated.
“The National Chairman wondered why such a decision should be taken in a hurry when he has received the complaint of the state Executive led by the Chairman few days ago and assured that he is going to handle the issue at National level with a view to finding a final solution to the problem.
It is the view of the National Chairman that the State Executive having brought the matter would have allowed the National Leadership look into the matter and take a decision before the hurried suspension.
“He said that such a decision violated lay down procedures and cannot stand. He remarked that the National Leadership of the Party will not condone any act of imposition of candidate in the party under his leadership.
Tukur assured the delegation that the National Working Committee will soon look into the matter critically and come out with a decision.
Responding, Fayose who led the delegation said he was pleased when he heard from the media that the National leadership of the Party will handle the matter and was waiting to be invited to present his own side of the story only to also read in the papers of his hurried suspension from the Party.
He denied having any hand in the catastrophic actions that took place in the Party’s State Secretariat, adding that as a man of honour and as a Former Governor of the State who believe in the rule of law, there was no way he can encourage any act of lawlessness, thuggery brigandage.
Governor Fayose pledged that he and his supporters will abide by any decision of the National Leadership of the Party as a true Party man and democrat