29 September 2017
By Chidiebere Ejike
Following the official declaration by the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose to contest for the 2019 presidency, the lawmaker representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Buruji Kashamu, Thursday, condemned Fayose for inaugurating his presidential campaign ahead of the 2019 elections.
Kashamu, who describe the Governor as a joker and a major destroyer of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, decried that Fayose, being the Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, who could be likened to the ‘President ’ of the party, had failed to obey the zoning agreement in the PDP.
The lawmaker recalled that Fayose had once proposed to seek another term as Governor of Ekiti State, but later announced his vice-presidential ambition.
The senator, as reported by Punch, said, “He is a ‘confusionist’ and number one destroyer of the party. How on earth would somebody, who agreed with other party chieftains, that the presidential ticket of the party for 2019 should be zoned to the North, would now turn around to start campaigning for the same ticket as a southerner, and particularly as a south-westerner to the detriment of the national chairmanship ticket of the party already zoned to the area.
“Lovers of our great party and politically- minded Nigerians generally should, by this action of Fayose, see him as the number one destroyer of the party and the most cantankerous politician in the polity who can, at any time, abuse anybody and go against agreed plans at any time. ”
Reacting also to the official declaration of Fayose’s presidential campaign in Abuja, a member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, said Fayose could not contest in the party’s primary poll for the 2019 presidential election.
Nwodo noted that PDP’s ideology forbade Fayose and other members from the South from contesting the presidential race in 2019.
He said, “Fayose cannot run and I will tell you my reason. When we formed the PDP, the first battle we fought and won as a party was to zone the presidency to the South.
“Those of us from the South made a case because in the First Republic, the prime minister was from the North; in the Second Republic, the President was from the North, and in the Third Republic, a southerner won and the election was annulled.
“There was no way we could go back to the South and say let’s elect a northerner again without giving the south a slot.
“A decision was taken that the President should come from the South and the chairman of the party to come from the North.
“That was how Solomon Lar became the chairman of the PDP and secretary was zoned to the south; that was how I became the first secretary of the party.”
Nwodo, a former National Chairman of the PDP, also said the party would take a decision to ensure that its constitution and ordinances were respected.