By Anthony Ogbonna
The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has warned the Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose to jettison his presidential ambition under the party, maintaining that PDP has zoned the presidential ticket to the north.
Prince Adeyeye gave the comment after Governor Fayose has made public his ambition to contest the coming 2019 presidential election.
Recall that Governor Fayose had, while declaring his ambition to become the next president of Nigeria, said that he was going straight to the presidential villa. He had equally said that he would unseat President Muhammadu Buhari through the ballots.
Governor Fayose has equally sent out letters to some leaders of the party, intimating them of his decision to contest the 2019 presidential election. A copy of the letter signed by Governor Fayose and obtained by Vanguard read thus:
“My dear leader, it is with deep sense of responsibility that I write to inform you of my intention to seek the ticket/mandate of our party to contest the 2019 presidential election, considering your support and commitment towards our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, it becomes imperative to keep you informed and seek your support.
“This ambition is however without prejudice to our party’s position, but in the overall interest of the party and our country.
“I urge that all hands should be on deck to ensure victory in our quest to return to the Presidential Villa, Abuja in 2019.”
However, the National Publicity Secretary PDP, Prince Adeyeye said Fayose is wasting his time. He said the party cannot allow a non-northerner fly its presidential ticket because it has zoned it to the north.
He said what Governor Fayose is eligible to contest for is the office of the national chairman which he said the party zoned to the south.
He said, being a prominent member of PDP and equally being present at the meeting when the zoning was made, Governor Fayose ought not to seek to disrespect the decision of the party.
According to him, “The highest organ of the party, which is the national convention, zoned the presidential ticket of the PDP to the North. That has not changed. The same national convention zoned the position of the national chairman to the South. The convention has yet to change any of these two.
“That (national convention) is the supreme organ of the party. Those decisions are binding on all members of the party. Nobody can alter these decisions.
“The governor is a member of the party and was at the convention where these decisions were taken. As a leader of the party, one expected the governor to respect the party and its decisions.
“If someone in such an office is breaking the decisions of the party, what do you expect from the rank and file?”