Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State have alleged that the factional Chairman of the party, Olatunde Olatunde, was being financed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to destabilise the party.
The PDP Elders’ Forum and the local government party chairmen also affirmed Idowu Faleye as the authentic chairman of the party, describing the suspension slammed on him by Olatunde’s faction as unconstitutional and barbaric.
But Olatunde at a press conference in Ado Ekiti, recently denied being used to destabilise the party, saying what they were fighting for was to ensure equity and justice in the party.
Reading the party’s communiqué to journalists at its secretariat in Ajilosun area of Ado Ekiti, yesterday, Chairman of the Elders’ Forum, Chief Clement Awoyelu, described as unfortunate, the turning down of the elders entreaties by Olatunde’s faction in a bid to broker peace and resolve the crisis.
According to them, the State Working Committee, SWC, lacks the constitutional powers to suspend a state chairman, saying only the State Executive Committee, SEC, can exercise such powers after taking directive from the National Working Committee.
Awoyelu, who said the elders’ held a meeting with the two warring factions, where Olatunde’s group was assured that all their grievances which bordered on the emergence of Faleye, among other issues would be resolved amicably.
The communiqué which was read by a former State Chairman of the party, Chief Bola Olu-Ojo, said “we view Tunde Olatunde and Tope Aluko’s actions as an affront to the party’s authority, very treacherous and barbaric, suggesting that they are being financed by the APC and other external forces purposely to destabilise our party.”
Speaking on the eviction notice issued to the party by the owner of its secretariat and former Chairman of the Party, Chief Ropo Adesanya, who had defected to the APC, the party leaders said the inability to pay the rent was caused by change of signatories.
He pointed out that the cheque issued to the owner for the payment of one year rent was forged, maintaining that the cheque which the owner described as ‘dud’ , was issued by unauthorised exco members.
“The party will apply all necessary actions against them very soon because we want a united and disciplined party in Ekiti State. We have mandated Chief Idowu Faleye to call the meeting of the SEC to take necessary actions against members of the factional group.
“We also affirm that the only exco known to us and numerous members of the PDP is the Idowu Faleye-led exco,” they maintained.
The PDP commended Governor Ayodele Fayose’s leadership style in the state, particularly his prompt payment of workers’ salaries and the victory recorded in the last general elections by candidates of the party.


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