The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo has called on former Ekiti Governor Ayo Fayose to stop needless leadership tussle with Governor Seyi Makinde.
Its Publicity Secretary Akeem Olatunji told The Nation last night that apart from the fact the party’s constitution confers leadership on elected officer of highest rank, Fayose enjoyed the same privilege as the leader of Southwest during his tenure as the only PDP Governor in Southwest.
He recalled during Fayose’s leadership of the region as the only PDP Governor, he personally picked national and Southwest officials of the party without any fuss.
Olatunji was reacting to a parallel meeting by members of Fayose’s faction in Lagos last Friday where two committees were set up and executive positions zoned to six states of Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti.
The meeting merely duplicated the decisions taken in a meeting at the Oyo State Government House by Makinde, who is the only PDP Governor in the region on Wednesday.
Olatunji said: “There’s no crisis in PDP as far as the Southwest organ of the party is concerned.
“The Constitution of PDP is very clear that the highest ranked elected official is the overall leader either at the ward, local government, state, region or national level.
“It is very important to note that former governor Ayo Fayose enjoyed same privilege as he single handedly fixed all the national and Southwest party officials allocated to all the states but we have a magnanimous personality in Governor Seyi Makinde who chose not to follow the path of dictatorship adopted by Mr Fayose when he was in charge.”
Commenting on members of the party in Oyo who attended the Fayose’s factional meeting in Lagos, the spokesman said their case was irrelevant because “it was a private visit that has nothing to do with our great party.”
Fayose has been at loggerheads with Makinde over control of the party structure.
While he enjoys followership of four of the six chairmen, those of Oyo and Ondo are with Makinde.