The leadership crisis within Nigeria’s major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a new turn on Saturday when the national secretary of the party, Dr Wale Oladipo publicly slammed Ekiti state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose for undermining the authority of the party’s leadership.
Governor Fayose, who has in recent months become a major voice for the opposition party, was accused of acting against a court order suspending the conduct of its south-west zonal congress, which the party leadership already decided to abide by.
According to Vanguard, the PDP scribe, Oladipo while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Saturday, advised Fayose to concentrate on running his state rather than dabbling into the affairs of the party.
Oladipo revealed that it was on the advice of PDP’s legal adviser, Mr Victory Kwon, that 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,” Oladipo said.
The PDP secretary further 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 be illegal. He added that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had also been informed of the court order.