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14 May 2016

PDP accuses Fayose of undermining party authority

By Ben Agande
Abuja – There appears to be more crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the national Secretary of the Party, Prof. Wale Oladipo has accused the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose of undermining the authority of the party leadership.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja Saturday the party secretary said despite a subsisting court order stopping the Online congress of the party in the South West, governor Fayose was pushing for its conduct.
According to the national secretary, rather than dabbling into the affairs of the party governor Fayose should concentrate on running his state.
He revealed that ‎on the advise of its legal adviser, Mr. Victory Kwon, the party had decided to obey the order of Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos, which restrained the party from going ahead with the conduct of its zonal congress slated for Akure.
‎”Governor Fayose is not a member of the National Working Committee of the PDP, but he’s causing confusion with his utterances.
“We are not dabbling into his government and he has no right to tell us how to run the party here. We have an order of the court stopping the congress. The governor cannot overrule the court.
“He should behave like other governors who do not dabble into the running of the party at the national level.
He should learn from Governor Olusegun Minimiko of Ondo State who respect the party and the President of the country.
“The order of the court was even published in three national dailies and therefore, he can’t deny he was not aware.
“Our National Legal adviser who is the Chief Legal Adviser of the part, Mr. Victor Kwon, has advised that we comply with the order and we are complying with it. We are not above the law of the land.”
He advised those who are being misled by governor Fayose to bear in mind that the outcome of their purported congress would be of no effect as it would illegal.
“Those who want to claim they want to organise any conference are doing that on their own, not on behalf of the party.
“Whatever come out of it would be null and void because we are not monitoring it just as the Independent National Electoral Commission has also been informed about the order of the court.
“So, the commission will also not be part of any illegality . We definitely won’t be part of it” he said.
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