By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—SOME leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State have berated Governor Ayodele Fayose over his alleged backing of Prince Uche Secondus from the South-South for the post of National Chairman.
The PDP National Convention is slated to hold in December 9.
The PDP leaders, who lampooned Governor Fayose over his decision, argued that the chairmanship position has been zoned to the Southwest.
Former National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Chief Ishola Filani; governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Ambassador Dare Bejide and factional National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, urged party leaders and members to support the Southwest to produce the next PDP National Chairman.
They spoke yesterday, during the inauguration of the headquarters of the Ambassador Dare Bejide Campaign Organisation located on Ikere Road, Ajilosun, Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The trio described Bejide, a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) as a thoroughbred and loyal party man who is fit for the office of the governor based on experience in party and government positions he has occupied.
Filani explained that the party’s chairmanship position had been zoned to the Southwest during the May 2016 National Convention, wondering why some interest groups are working against the agreement to support an aspirant from the South-south.
He said: “The PDP national chairmanship had not been occupied by the Southwest while every other geopolitical zone had occupied it.
“We discovered of late that our brothers in the South-south said they want to contest for the national chairmanship. We want to appeal to our brothers that the Southwest will support the Southeast to grab the vice presidency zoned to the South.
“God will forbid a situation in which our (national) chairman, after being elected at the convention will be having an EFCC case hanging around his neck.”
In his remarks, Bejide, a former High Commissioner to Canada faulted the alleged imposition of Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, saying Fayose’s impunity was the reason behind the support for a candidate from the South-south for the PDP national chairmanship.
Bejide said: “That (supporting Secondus) is uncharitable, the party leadership from the Southwest is clamouring for the national chairmanship of the party. You will recall that in the history of PDP in the last 18 years, we have not had the opportunity of heading the party.”
“We have had one chairman or the other from other zones in Nigeria except the Southwest. Secondus was national chairman in acting capacity for a long time and it is quite uncharitable for any leader in the Southwest to now go ahead to canvass for anybody outside our zone.
Also speaking, Ogundipe said: “The position of the national chairman has been zoned to the Southwest; anybody from the Southwest working against it is an enemy of the party.”