A senior member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Dayo Okondo, Friday announced his rejection of an appointment by Governor Ayodele Fayose into the Governing Council of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti. Addressing a press conference in Ikere-Ekiti, Okondo stated that he was not consulted before his appointment, which he got to know on the radio. Okondo said he is pained Fayose, whose election he worked for in 2003, has neither visited nor assisted him since he became ill. He said his party, the PDP, has also not treated him fairly. The former PDP trustee’s board member applauded former Governor Kayode Fayemi for helping to treat his once sick son, Tope Okondo, in an Indian hospital. He said the younger Okondo was once a bodyguard to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
“Making me a board member falls short of what he should do. And if I have to take care of myself very well and take care of my health, I don’t know what membership of the college’s board would do for me.
“I can’t see how somebody who had served as a PDP Board of Trustees member will now be appointed a college’s board member. I was shocked by the appointment with my status and level of work that I did.
“I brought the party to the state and I brought Fayose into the party. I supported him wholeheartedly when others refused to support him and I ensured that he won the primaries and the election (in 2003).
“He has not visited me and he has not done anything about my health. I have been trying to see him and talk to him about my health but I have not succeeded.
“If I will reject it in totality, I want to see the governor first and I want him to reason with me that this appointment does not befit my status as a founding father of the party and as someone who contributed immensely to his political rise.
“If my own party (PDP) can treat me like this, it is unfortunate”. He said his supporters are aggrieved over the PDP unfair treatment to him though, he urged them to be calm and remain in the party.