- The PDP in Oyo has stepped in over the power struggle between Ayodele Fayose and Governor Seyi Makinde
- The caucus of the PDP has warned the former Ekiti governor to drop his 'needless' tussle with Makinde
- The party said Makinde should be respected as the highest elected official of the PDP in the southwest
- Before this reaction from the party, Fayose had disclosed his dream of becoming Nigeria's president
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s caucus in Oyo has warned the former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, to drop his power tussle with Governor Seyi Makinde.
The PDP reminded Fayose that going by the party's constitution, Governor Makinde, as the highest-ranking elected officer of the PDP in the region, is the head in the southwest, The Nation reports.
The PDP caucus in the state said it is needless for the former Ekiti governor to keep dragging issues with Makinde because while in office, he enjoyed the same power and the privileges that come with it.
The caucus' spokesman, Akeem Olatunji, gave this position in reaction to the resolve by Fayose's faction to set up two committees that produced executive positions for each of the states in the region.
This move by the faction, according to Olatunji, contradicts the decisions taken by Makinde in Oyo much earlier.
The spokesman 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 the same privilege as he singlehandedly fixed all the national and Southwest party officials allocated to all the states, but we have a magnanimous personality in Governor Makinde who chose not to follow the path of dictatorship adopted by Mr. Fayose when he was in charge.”
The position of the caucus is coming after Fayose on Saturday, November 14, declared his presidential ambition as he celebrated his 60th birthday.
Earlier, the former Ekiti governor revealed that he would like to become Nigeria's president some day.
Fayose also debunked claims that he nurses a dream to get the post of a senator, and lamented that many of his friends and allies abandoned him after he lost the governorship poll.
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