The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele
Fayose, said he had learnt his lessons
from his initial support for the embattled
factional National Chairman of the Peoples
Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu
Sheriff.
Fayose said this when the ex-chairman of
Daar Communications, Chief Raymond
Dokpesi, took his PDP national
chairmanship campaign to Ekiti.
He said, “I must tell you that I have learnt
my lessons from my past experience. I will
not openly identify or campaign for a
candidate any longer. As part of our great
party in Ekiti, I ‘m assuring you that I do
not have a personal candidate and God
knows I have not spoken to my people
about any candidate.
“We will allow God to choose for us this
time by ensuring that all aspirants have a
level-playing ground.
“I have learnt my lessons on Ali Modu
Sheriff and I take full responsibility for the
consequences. Imagine, if we have
allowed him to get there, with the way he
is now behaving, it would have been
worse than this.”
Fayose, while expressing concerns about
the crisis rocking the party, lamented that
some people were merely paying lip
service to reconciliation efforts in the PDP
because of selfish interest.
Dokpesi pleaded with the delegates to
allow him to serve the party and return it
to the winning ways.
According to him, since the last general
elections, the All Progressives Congress has
not allowed the PDP leaders to rest, urging
members of the party to stand and
defend democracy in the country.
Dokpesi also denied stepping down for a
former National Vice-Chairman of the
party, Chief Bode George.
He stated, “Some people have alleged that
I have surrendered for our elder in the
party, Chief Bode George. Let me make it
categorically clear that I was born and
bred in Ibadan and I do understand and
appreciate the Yoruba traditions so much
and so I have respect for elders.
“But there was no time that Chief Bode
George and I met and discuss this issue
and I did not in any way surrender the
race to him. I have not stepped down for
him in any way because this time we need
fresh and younger blood that would have
the physical and mental alertness for the
job.
“I have been touring 17 states of the
federation for just about a week now and
I’m still strong.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Board of
Trustees of the PDP, Senator Walid Jibrin,
has faulted insinuations that Sheriff was
planted by some unseen forces to destroy
the party.
He said at Sherrif’s age, nobody could
have planted him to destroy a party,
which was built by great Nigerians, both
living and dead.
Jibrin, however, noted that God would not
forgive anyone who wanted to destroy a
party that governed Nigeria for 16 years.
The BoT Chairman, who spoke to
newsmen in Kaduna on Friday, said in
spite of the Thursday’s ruling by Justice
Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in
Abuja, the August 17 National Convention
of the PDP in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State,
would hold as planned.
Jibrin, who expressed shock over the
judgment, said preparations were in top
gear to ensure a hitch-free convention.
He noted that the judge had the right to
give judgment while the party had the
rights to appeal the judgment.