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Ekiti ex-Deputy Gov, Sikiru Lawal quits PDP, says party has lost its bearing

By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti-Barely 48 hours after some prominent Chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, dumped the party for the Social Democratic Party, another one, Dr. Sikiru Lawal parted ways with the party yesterday due to irreconcilable differences over the forthcoming primary of the party.

Cross section of delegates casting their votes for candidates during the 2017 PDP National Convention at the Eagle Square, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 10/12/2017

Lawal said his action became inevitable because the delegates’ list had allegedly been tailored to favour Governor Ayodele Fayose’s preferred candidate and Deputy Governor , Prof. Kolapo Olusola.

Aspirants who had parted ways with Governor Fayose led PDP in Ekiti State included the former deputy Governors to Ayodele Fayose, Mr Bisi Omoyeni and Abiodun Aluko, the former Ambassador to Canada, Mr Dare Bejide and Senator Fatima Raji Rasaki

Lawal, who is also a governorship aspirant, resigned his position as a non-executive Director in Odu’a Investment Company Limited , where he has been serving through the influence of Governor Fayose.

Lawal was the deputy governor to former Governor Segun Oni, who ruled Ekiti between 2007 and October 15, 2010 .

Lawal, in a letter dated April 3, 2019 and addressed to the PDP Chairman in Ward 9, Ado Ekiti, Mr. Tope Makanjuola, said his resignation takes effect from the date he communicated same to the party.

The letter entitled: ‘Withdrawal of Membership’ reads: “Reference to above , I wish to inform you that I, Sikiru Tae Lawal with membership number 2620001 registered at ward 9, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State wish to withdraw my membership of your party, PDP effective from today,
Tuesday, 3rd April 2018”.

In the letter to the Group Managing Director of Odu’a management, a copy of wish was sent to Governor Fayose, Lawal said : “I wish to notify you of my intention to resign my appointment as a non-executive Director representing Ekiti State on the board of Odu’a investment Company Limited with effect from 1st May , 2018.

“I wish to thank the Ekiti State governor and the good people of Ekiti State for the opportunity given me to serve on the board. I also appreciate the cooperation of my colleagues and staff of Odu’a during my stay”, he stated.

Lawal said he decided to take such a far reaching decision to afford him the opportunity to be able to defend his political interest and that of his people in another party.

He. however, did not mention the political platform he would defect to with his supporters across the 177 wards in the state.

He said: “Whatever you do in politics, you do it for yourself and your people. It seems PDP no longer needs us, because the processes leading to our primary have been badly manipulated in favour of an aspirant .

“The message was clear that there is no level playing ground again in our party and there is no point wasting time in a party that has lost its bearing , because the PDP is no longer the people’s choice, it has lost its goodwill due to pervasive impunity in the system.

“The PDP supposed to be a democratic party, but this is not the case.
I am not over ambitious but I have no choice than to leave when someone has said your services are no longer needed”, he said.

When asked the party he would adopt to contest for the election, Lawal said: “I am consulting with my people. I consulted them before taking this action and I believe we must come together to agree on the
platform to be adopted”, he added.


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