A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustee, Chief Clement Awoyelu says Governor Ayodele Fayose has lost grip of the party in the state.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti, yesterday during the swearing-in of a faction of the State Executive Committee of the PDP, Awoyelu said he has no personal grudge against Fayose, but the issue he had always brought up with the governor is that due process should be followed in everything and that Fayose should stop arrogating the party to himself and run it like his personal estate.
“I have been in the party politics for more than 50 years and that is why we are trying to restructure our party. We will never sleep until we reclaim our party from Governor Fayose. We are ready to correct all the wrongs in our party,” Awoyelu said.
“I have grouse with Fayose in two ways: One, I have never seen a state where governor will be the one to appoint councillorship candidates. This is wrong because it is the duty of the party leaders. Two, the governor has appropriated the party to himself . The governor has not attended any meeting at the party secretariat, instead he relocated the party to his house in Afao Ekiti. These, we will not tolerate.
“I have been a member of the PDP National Executive Committee since 1998, Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan were attending meeting at Wadata Plaza in Abuja. But this is not so under Governor Fayose.
“Governor Fayose was not in Ekiti when we formed PDP . He didn’t know anything about PDP . And we thank God that the election of the new SEC and the verdict of the court have shown that God and the pople have rejected the governor. We have reclaimed the state from him.
“As SEC of the party, you have nothing to fear because the court had validated your victories. You should ensure unity in our party and bring every aggrieved member on board,” he said.