6 December 2017
A member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has said the South-West feels hard done by following South-South stakeholders’ adoption of Mr. Uche Secondus for the party’s national chairmanship position.
Chief Babatope described the move as provocative considering the zoning agreement of the party.
Babatope claims it is the turn of the South-West to produce the next PDP national chairman in a statement he personally signed on Tuesday. He said the South-South stakeholders were being unfair to the South-West.
He described the action of the South-South stakeholders as divisive and berated the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, over his claim that the South-South was providing succour to the PDP.
Babatope, who accused the Chairman of the PDP Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, of dishonesty, said he should not be involved in the composition of members of the committees for the party’s convention.
Babatope said, “We (the Yoruba) will never be servile to anyone at all. And most importantly, we will never compromise on the position of the National Chairman of our great party.
“It is our turn! And this much must be respected. Anything less than this is outright unacceptable. This is why Makarfi must recuse himself from the composition of all committees of the convention.
“Makarfi is not honest. He is working for Wike. That is the absolute truth.”
He added, “The crass insistence and the insulting protestation of Governor Nyesom Wike that the South-South is the zone providing succour to the PDP is rather crude and insensitive. And it is not true. Right from the formation of the party, the Yoruba people have been consistent in their devotion and loyalty to the party. And they have been very supportive in financial fillip to the party.
“But Wike is not really the one to blame. The fault solely lies with Senator Ahmed Makarfi who is blinded by personal ambition and apparent greed that could not make him think clearly and selflessly about the issue at hand.
“It is Makarfi who has deliberately mangled and distorted the micro-zoning tradition of our great party which has given the PDP well over 16 years of inclusive and all embracing accommodating nature.
“Now the very fundamental fabric and dominating principle of the party is torn asunder. We are no longer at ease.
“The pronouncement of the South-South Stakeholders is not only provocative, it is divisive, skewed, untidy, and a blatant slide into tribal political arrangement. Do they think the good people of Oduduwa land will just sit down and take it? They are dead wrong.”