…cautions Makarfi, others against dissolution
By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA – Embattled leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State on Thursday said the constitution of the party does not recognize Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Foyose as the leader of the party in South West, saying, the party’s constitution has been amended and entrusted the leadership of the party in the state to the Chairmen.
The embattled Chairman in the state, Adebayo Dayo stated this at the state party Secretariat, Kuto, Abeokuta during a press conference, describing the governor as rather the biggest problem of the party in the region.
The national Caretaker Committee had announced the dissolution of executives in Ogun, Oyo, Osun and four other states during the recently held non-elective national convention in Abuja.
Reacting to the dissolution, the state Chairman accused Fayose of misleading the Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee on the issue surrounding the emergence of the executive in the affected states.
Speaking on the on-going South West reconciliatory moves by Fayose in his state, Dayo who was flanked by other members of the embattled executive including the state Secretary , Semiu Sodipo and Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Adeniji , Dayo said the meeting was a personal one called by Fayose and was being attended by his friends ,adding that the outcome would not have any effect on the party executive and members in the region.
Dayo said “how can Fayose be holding a meeting in his house and you think the meeting will succeed? I cannot go to Fayose’s house to hold any meeting because as far as I know, the party is above the governor, the governor is not in control of the party. But it is now the other way round, the governors are using their power to do whatever they like to the party and I will not be a party to that.
“ If Fayose is holding a meeting in his house, let him say whatever he wishes, that is not my concern, he cannot decide for the party. Fayose can do whatever he wishes, it is his personal opinion which is not the opinion of the party. Fayose is just a governor, it is the people that made him to become the governor. He cannot just say that because he is a governor, his wishes would become everyone’s command. His wish cannot be anyone’s command in the South West. Ayodele Fayose is not in charge of the South-West.
“We have so many leaders in the South-West. In our constitution, it is stated that the chairman of the party is the leader of the party in every state, but, it was amended at a stage. But, I can tell you, up till now I am the party chairman in Ogun state. Fayose may be the leader in his state, but, definitely not the leader in Ogun state. Our constitution did not say Fayose will become the governor and be the leader of the party. We have an executive in place and the executive is led by Mr. Ogundipe. Incidentally, Foyose was the one that nominated Ogundipe at the 2012 congress in Ibadan. Fayose put up Makanjuola Ogundipe and now he is going against his own candidate that is the situation”.
He however, advised “ the National Caretaker Committee to avail itself of the provisions of the rule of law and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as minimum consideration in handling the business of the party especially in the aftermath of Saturday’s Special non-elective National Convention.