Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described the emergence of Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as “a mistake.”
Fayose, who spoke in Ado Ekiti, at the weekend, during a visit of Chief Raymond Dokpesi to the state, said he took “responsibility for that,”and also stated that he would “not be in the forefront again to carry responsibility for any man.”
He, however, pointed out that “he will first seek the face of God to choose the right man for the people.”
He said the PDP in Ekiti was “deeply concerned on the current situation of the party right now,” and lamented that “the party has broken into factions because everybody wants to be masters in the party.”
He condemned those going to court to express their grievances on party matters and also condemned those who are paying lip services to the party.
Fayose said the “dry bones of the PDP will rise again,” saying “God will give the PDP a new leader that will reposition the party to progress in the country.
According to him, “in Ekiti, we have no anointed candidate; we would come to Port Harcourt with open mind and let God do justice.”
In his speech, while soliciting the support of Ekiti PDP delegates, Dokpesi, who is contesting for the PDP national chairmanship position, pleaded with the stakeholders to allow him to serve the party.
According to him, he was “a leader, a transformer and a bridge builder, who will promote, protect and project the PDP by bringing freshness into the party.”
Chief Dokpesi said the All Progressives Congress (APC), since the last general election, had not allowed the PDP leaders to rest, and urged the PDP to stand and defend democracy in the country.
“The leader who believed in the people, that is the leader we need in our democracy,” he said.
He denied that he had not stepped down for Chief Olabode George, saying “I am still in the race, at no time have I stepped down for Chief Bode George. We need fresh blood to run the PDP. I will stand by you and defend the PDP.”
The PDP chairman in Ekiti, Mr Gboyega Oguntuase, expressed appreciation to the aspirant and prayed for him.