The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has told Ayodele Fayose, to wake up to the reality that God has chosen Seyi Makinde, Oyo State governor, as the new leader of the party in the South-west.
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The party slammed Fayose over the recent attack on Makinde, saying the former Ekiti governor lacks the moral right to complain about the leadership of the party in the west.
The Ogun PDP stated this while reacting to Fayose’s warning to Makinde, to steer clear of the party’s leadership in Ekiti and other south-west states.
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In a statement issued on Thursday in Abeokuta, the Ogun capital, by the state chairman of the party, Samson Bamgbose, it said it is an irony of fate that Fayose, who refused to allow legally-recognised Ogun PDP Exco function since 2016, could complain of interference.
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“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.
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“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”.
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The statement added: “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.
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“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”.
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The party appealed to notable members, leaders and elders like Bode George, Shuaibu Oyedokun, Abiodun Olujinmi and Olagunsoye Oyinlola, among others, to rally round Makinde to take PDP to greater heights.
It also accused Fayose of betraying late Buruji Kashamu, whom it said supported him to emerge as governor in Ekiti.
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“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.
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“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.
“It urged the Governors and other national leaders of the PDP “to call Mr. Fayose to order before he plunges the PDP in the South West into another round of avoidable crisis because of his unbridled ambition and insatiable hunger for power,” it also said.