Ekiti 2018: Adeyeye Leaves PDP, To Announce New Party


The immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has resigned from the party barely 48 hours after he was beaten to the PDP governorship ticket in Ekiti state by incumbent deputy governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola.

The former minister, who came second in the PDP governorship primaries on Tuesday with 771 votes, said he could not work with the governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, whom he alleged imposed his deputy as the party’s candidate in the July 14 governorship election.

But Adeyeye, who made the disclosure on Thursday while addressing his supporters at his campaign office, however said he was yet to conclude his next political platform.

Ekiti 2018: Olujinmi Steps Down For Adeyeye

The senator representing Ekiti South, Abiodun Olujimi, has stepped down for a former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, in the race for the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate.

Olujimi said she sacrificed her ambition for peace, progress, and stability of the party.

She urged her supporters to cast their votes for Adeyeye as the preferred candidate for the July 14 governorship election.

PDP Publicity Secretary, Adeyeye Resigns Over Fayose’s Guber Choice

Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resigned his appointment as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.

His resignation it was gathered, is not unconnected with his desire to contest the Ekiti State Governorship election and his rejection of the unilateral adoption of Prof Olusola Eleka, the Ekiti State Deputy Governor as the purported candidate of the PDP for the 2018 Governorship contest by the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

It would be recalled that Prince Adeyeye through a statement by his campaign organisation, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement (PAAM) had stoically rejected the decision of some party members who were allegedly coerced by Gov Fayose to endorse Prof Eleka at a hurriedly organised stakeholders meeting, held at the Ekiti State Government House, Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday .

When contacted for confirmation, Prince Adeyeye confirmed that he has resigned his position in the Ekiti State University and has communicated same to the State Governor through the right channel.

Keep Faith in PDP, Adeyeye Tells Nigerians

The National Caretaker Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said in spite of lingering crisis in the party, it remained a vehicle God would use to reposition Nigeria.

Publicity Secretary of the committee, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, stated this in an interview in Abuja.

Adeyeye urged Nigerians not to lose hope in the PDP because of its present challenges, but should have faith in God and see how He would use the party to restore the country’s glory.

He said that the crisis in the party was not unexpected, adding, however, that it would overcome it and come out strong and better “to take its rightful position in the country’s political space’’.

“I believe that the present crisis we are having in PDP is not completely unexpected given the fact that the party was in power for 16 years.

“Being out of power will necessarily create its own problem and unfortunately, we have the introduction of a foreign agent into the party, which has complicated all matters.

“I believe the matter will be resolved one way or the other soonest and from this present crisis, we may even have a strong party,’’ Adeyeye said.

He expressed optimism that the forces fuelling PDP crisis would soon encounter their own internal crisis.

“Those who seem to be in comfort today causing trouble, their own problem would soon visit them.

“I am not worried; I put my faith and hope in God and I know that this matter would soon be resolved in a manner that would favour us and majority of Nigerians, by the grace of God.

“So, Nigerians should not lose hope as the crisis would soon be resolved.’’

‘You Are Selfish’ PDP Tells Sheriff

National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) said National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, has no good intentions for the party.

Publicity Secretary of the committee, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, stated this in a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.

Speaking at the backdrop of a statement credited to Sheriff on his 2019 presidential ambition, Adeyeye said that all efforts of the national chairman were geared towards his hidden ambition.

He said that Sheriff was holding PDP to ransom because he wanted to hijack the party and use it for his selfish interest.

“We had raised the concern that Sheriff was not interested in conducting a national convention that will be in the interest of the party and all members.

“He was planning a convention that will put his cronies in critical party positions who will then rubber-stamp his candidacy when the time to pick the PDP candidate for 2019 Presidential Election comes.

“We are worried that some important party leaders also could not see beyond the facade, tagging along with Sheriff as he drags the party through the mud in his bid at achieving his selfish ambition.

“ We hope perceptible minds in the party can now see why it is extremely dangerous to trust Sheriff with the organization of any convention,’’ he said.

Adeyeye said that having Sheriff as PDP presidential candidate would be a real delight for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“It is as good as having your sparring partner as your opponent in a major bout.

“We want to make a serious contention for power in 2019. We don’t want to field a candidate who is the captain of the second team of the ruling party,’’ he said.

On the allegation that the caretaker committee was already boasting of going to obtain victory on the party’s leadership crisis at the Supreme Court, Adeyeye said it was blackmail from Sheriff’s group.

According to him, it is rather the Sheriff group that is already blackmailing the Supreme Court on the matter the way they did to the Court of Appeal in the Ondo governorship in 2016.

“They did the same against the second panel for which the Supreme Court awarded costs of over N20 million against them and their lawyers.

“They were the ones celebrating that appeal court judgment even before it was given. They said they knew the judgment.

“Their subtle blackmail of Supreme Court is unbecoming.’’

Dr Cairo Ojougboh, acting National Deputy Chairman of the party, in a separate news conference also in Abuja, accused the caretaker committee of boasting about the party leadership crisis now before the Supreme Court.

Ojougboh alleged that the caretaker committee was already boasting that the judgment rejected by the Court of Appeal would be adopted by the Supreme Court.

“We make bold to say nobody can buy the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court cannot be bought.

“The PDP has implicit confidence in the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Samuel Onnoghen and his colleagues in the Supreme Court.

“We, therefore, advice Makarfi and his co-travelers that their wishful judgment which they are parading will remain in the trash can,” Ojougboh said.

Meanwhile, the PDP members and their leaders in the South-South said they remained committed to the party and the resolutions of the May 21, 2016 national convention in Port Harcourt.

National Vice Chairman of the party in the zone, Chief Emmanuel Ogidi, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He said all party members in South-South were under the authority of the National Caretaker Committee headed by Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, which was constituted at the Port Harcourt convention.

He assured that the loyalty of members to the committee would be sustained until the verdict of the Supreme Court on the appeal before it on the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt had on Feb. 17, 2017, ruled that Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff remained the authentic chairman of the PDP.

The court also directed that status quo before the national convention in Port Harcourt, which sacked the leadership of the PDP and constituted the caretaker committee, should remain.

But, a minority judgment by one of the judges, out of the three justices of the Appeal Court that heard the case, recognised the resolutions and actions taken at the Port Harcourt convention. The judge held that as somebody appointed to administer the party for about three months and organise a national convention, Sheriff had by the resolution of the convention, seized to be chairman of the party.

Ogidi expressed optimism that the final verdict of the court on the issue would vindicate the position of the majority of the party’s members, and would uphold the minority judgment at the Appeal Court.

According to him, the minority judgment captured the crux of the matter and it is the way to go to restore sanctity in the PDP.

On the merger talks between PDP and some political parties, Ogidi said that it was real but that the merging parties would adopt PDP as their new party.

According to him, PDP is the brand and cannot be changed. Yes, other parties will merge with us but the name PDP will be retained after the fusion.