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INTERESTING: PDP Chieftain Backs Fayemi Amid APC Suspension, Says Governor Is Loyal To Party


Sept. 25, 2020

Femi Fani-Kayode, a chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the suspension of Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi on Friday.
Fayemi was suspended by the State Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for ‘numerous anti-party activities.
The party had in a statement claimed that Fayemi hosted a bigwig of the PDP, Femi Fani-Kayode, five days before the Edo Election, during which they planned a coup against Edo APC.
But speaking shortly before the suspension, Fani-Kayode said the suspension was absurd as Fayemi was a loyal member of the APC.
He tweeted, “@kfayemi is a loyal member of @OfficialAPCNg whilst I am in @OfficialPDPNig. Accusing him of “anti-party activities” & attempting to suspend him from his party because I visited him to discuss national & SW issues is absurd. Is it “anti-party” to meet with a friend of over 30 years?
“Is it “anti-party” to attempt to engender peace in our nation & to build bridges across regional, ethnic, religious and party lines? Is it “anti-party” to practice politics without bitterness?
“We must accept the fact that talking to those that we do not agree with politically is something that ought to be encouraged. Politics is not war!”
Meanwhile, some Ekiti APC stakeholders had accused Governor Fayemi of insisting on expelling them from the party. This was prior to his suspension.
They said Fayemi, “after installing” Godwin Obaseki as the governor of Edo State” in a clear case of anti-party act, is bent on expelling leaders of the party.”
But the APC stakeholders in Ekiti, whose face-off with Governor Fayemi has lasted for several months now, accused the governor of not only bent on sacking them but also indulging in anti-party activities.
The stakeholders were responding to the recent invitation for them to appear before a state panel for their alleged disobedience to the party’s directive and failure to withdraw cases instituted against the party in court.
The invitation was extended to 11 of them including the special adviser on political matters to President Muhammadu Buhari, Babafemi Ojudu.
But in a statement signed by Bamgboye Adegoroye, the politicians said:
“A curious process is taking place in the Ekiti State branch of our progressive party. Our governor and the chairman of Nigeria’s Governors Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi, after installing the governor of Edo State in a clear case of anti-party, is bent on expelling leaders of the party.
“Towards achieving this purpose he (Fayemi) has set up a committee of his adulators to put us on trial in a predetermined process. The committee is chairmanned by one Mr Ajigbolamu who recently left the PDP to join our party. We also know that the affairs of the committee is managed by the office of the Attorney General Mr. Wale Fapounda, his anointed for the position of governor when his term is over in 2022.”
They said Fayemi was paying them for supporting him by punishing them, citing how the governor appointed new executives of the party in a private home in Iyin-Ekiti, an act the stakeholders said, violated the constitution of the party.
“We demanded of him the dissolution of this product of illegality and institution of a legitimate executive in compliance with our party’s constitution. We intimated our party leaders of these concerns; the same problem which was present in his first term that led to our losing the state to PDP with ignominy in the year 2014.”
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