The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given Ayodele Fayose, a former Ekiti State governor, seven days to withdraw a statement he made against Bode George, a chieftain of the party.
The demand was made in a statement issued by Taofik Gani, the Lagos PDP Publicity Secretary, on Sunday.
Fayose had during the inauguration of the PDP Campaign Committee for the Lagos-East senatorial by-election last Tuesday said the only way the major opposition party can win in Lagos State if is George, a former national vice-chairman of the party, is sent on “political retirement”.
But the Lagos PDP described the statement made by Fayose, whom it views as a prominent leader, as shocking.
The PDP said Fayose would be held responsible for any future election loss by the party in the state.
The statement partly read: “PDP, Lagos State chapter gives Fayose seven days ultimatum within which to retract and apologise for the deliberate unwarranted vituperation on all her elderly chieftains in the state chapter of the party.
“Fayose will be declared persona non grata in all our indoor and outdoor activities from Monday, 12th October 2020, unless he, Fayose, purges himself of the grave nuisance value arising from the unsolicited, rabid and divisive advice.
“We are nearing very important elections in the state to take us into winning Lagos State in 2023 general elections. We need togetherness and complimentary efforts possible of the old, young, male, female.
“It is thus shocking that a supposed leader would come to our state to ‘tear’ us apart rather than give positive and progressively uniting advice to us. We will hold Fayose responsible for any future election loss in Lagos State and indeed the South-West.”
In a similar vein, a Group within the Lagos PDP, “Lagos Democrats”, has called Fayose to limit what it described as his rantings to his home state of Ekiti.
This was made known in a statement signed by Tajudeen Abinuwaye, Coordinator of the group.
The statement read: “Fayose should limit his rantings and confusionist agenda to Ekiti. He should not push his luck too far. We respect our Elders in Lagos. We even rever them. While we will not roll in the mud with Fayose, we will always show him that Lagosians have a way of engaging those who don’t respect their elders.
“It appears to us that Mr Ayodele Fayose is becoming increasingly unstable. He seems to have reached some deep bend. This erratic no-gooder came to Lagos yesterday blabbing his mouth like someone with more than a screw loose.
“Like an ill-mannered, ill-born, uncouth outcast, Fayose dismissed all our elders and leading lights with the foulest of language and finally saying they should be retired.
“Mr Fayose is well known for his primitive, gangster-like, dirty and dubious politics. He is a loose cannon, firing without tact and wisdom nor basic common sense.
“But coming to Lagos from his native backwaters of Afao-Ekiti in a rough and tumble idiocy is taking insanity too far.
“We are equally disappointed with some elders who sat through Fayose’s obscene display and vacuous diatribes without chastising him”.