The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State has slammed former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose for warning Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State against coming to Ekiti State.
This development follows media reports that Fayose on Wednesday warned Makinde to steer clear of the leadership of the party in Ekiti and other South-West states.
But reacting in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Thursday, the factional Chairman of the party in Ogun State, Hon. Samson Bamgbose said Fayose should accept the fact that he is no longer the party leader in the region.
Bamgbose added that berated the former Ekiti governor for contesting the leadership of the party in the South-west with governor Makinde. He added that Fayose lacked the moral right to complain about the leadership of the party in the South West.
He, however, urged party leaders like Chief Bode George, Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun, Senator Abiodun Olujinmi and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, among others, to support Makinde to take PDP to greater heights.
He said: “We are surprised that Mr. Fayose could be talking of the need to allow some persons to complete their terms and run the party in their states, whereas he is the master of impunity and meddlesomeness.
“He is the brain behind the impostors that he has been associating with in Ogun State. He has been supporting them against the Rule of Law since his days as governor of Ekiti State.
“He truncated the tenure of the South West Zonal Exco as well as that of Prof. Wale Oladipo and the late Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju as National Secretary and National Auditor. He ran the party like his personal business when he was the only PDP governor in the South West.
“We have been following Mr. Fayose’s forlorn dream to be the imperial leader of the PDP in the South West in spite of the fact that he is not the only former governor of the PDP in the zone.
“We do not know what he stands to gain in undermining notable leaders and elders of the PDP in the South West, especially the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who God has chosen to be the new leader of the PDP in the South West.
“It is high time Mr. Fayose woke up from his dream and faced the reality that his time has passed and a new leader has emerged; and we must genuinely accept Engr. Makinde without any dispute as the one who has been anointed by the Almighty God to lead us in the South West PDP at this point in time
“When Mr. Fayose held sway as the Governor of Ekiti State, he never allowed anyone to challenge him. He bamboozled and suppressed everyone as governor even when we had the more experienced and mature Dr. Olusegun Mimiko as governor of Ondo State.
“Mr. Fayose takes delight in betraying his friends because of his selfish interest. After our beloved leader, the late Senator Buruji Kashamu supported him to emerge as the Governor of Ekiti State in 2014, he betrayed him and nearly drove him out of the PDP.
“He worked against the PDP and Senator Olujinmi’s re-election but God disappointed him.
“We would have thought that that would have taught him a lesson. But no, he continues with his unbridled arrogance and bloated ego,” the party added.
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