By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
A supremacy battle of sort is at present raging between some stakeholders and some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State.
The development, however, came to light recently when a factional chairman, Olatunde Olatunde, emerged in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and thereby led to crisis within the party.
WESTERN POST’s checks revealed that the new acting factional chairman, Mr Olatunde Olatunde, who was until the development Vice Chairman (North) of the party, insisted that Chief Idowu Faleye had stepped down as the party’s chairman as a result of his alleged ineptitude.
Olatunde said: “Faleye stepped down at a recent meeting of the state executive council and that he was elected at the council as a replacement in acting capacity, pending ratification by the party’s National Executive Council (NEC).”
The factional Chairman added that Governor Ayodele Fayose, leader of the party in the state, had been officially informed about the change of the guard.
He said: “We are making the change for the betterment of PDP in the state. The support we have got since the change of leadership shows it is a welcome development. Some of our party members, who had not been participating in the party’s affairs, are now coming back. We are going to unite and strengthen the party.”
However, the embattled chairman Faleye said he remains the constitutionally recognised chairman of the party in the state. He described the allegation of incompetence levelled against him as laughable.
Faleye said: “As a member of the NEC of the party, nobody can remove me without following due process. I have never been queried. The only problem we had was payment of honorarium, over which I said they could not stampede me on.”
Meanwhile, the PDP in Ekiti State is currently embroiled in another crisis over who will represent Ado-Ekiti Constituency 1 in the House of Assembly. The battle over who represents the constituency is between the winner of the November 29, 2014 primary election, Odunayo Talabi, and his agent, Musa Arogundade.
Talabi, popularly called Arinka by his teaming admirers, is accusing the party of “fraudulent substitution of his name at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after winning the party’s primary.
He is also aggrieved that a suit was filed at a Federal High Court in Abuja on behalf of Arogundade by the party, which claimed that he did not win the Assembly primary and sought an injunction restraining him from parading himself as the PDP candidate for Ado Constituency I.
According to the PDP primary result endorsed by the Electoral Officer, Oluwole Ojo and Returning Officer, Abiona Oluremi, Talabi scored 34 votes while the second contestant, Obayemi Toyin scored 1.
The number of accredited delegates was 37. In a letter to INEC through his lawyer, Akinyemi Omoware, Talabi maintained that he was the winner of the primary held on November 29 and the Assembly election held on April 11.
Apart from having his name published on the INEC list, Talabi claimed that he was declared winner of the poll at units and wards upon collation of results.