FAYOSE NOT A PDP MEMBER YET – Ekiti Ex-Dep Speaker
Former Deputy Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Taiwo Olatunbosun has said former governor of the State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose cannot claim to be member of the PDP yet, saying; “For Fayose to be anything in the PDP, he must be accepted into the party at the national level and that is yet to be done.”
Olatunbosun, who also described as preposterous claim by Fayose that he (Olatunbosun) was biting the finger that fed him by going against Fayose said; “Rather than Fayose saying that he made me, we are the ones that should say that we made Fayose because it was as a result of our collective efforts that he was elected governor in 2003.”
The PDP chieftain said in a statement issued today that the violent acts perpetrated by Fayose against PDP members in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government area of Ekiti State in the last two weeks were inimical to the progress of the party.
Olatunbosun said; “if Fayose could publicly insult former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a man who is old enough to be his father, who else can't Fayose assault?”
He called on the Acting Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje to come out with an official position as to the membership of Fayose in the party.
Olatunbosun, who decried the return of culture of violence into the PDP in Ekiti State, said he was still at lost as to why Fayose could descend to the level of sending thugs to attack me, despite what I did for him when he was going to be impeached in 2006.
“Out of the 26 members in the House of Assembly, only two of us stood by him and refused to support his impeachment. Even at the risk of my life, I stood by Fayose and refused to sign his impeachment paper.
“It therefore beat my imagination that the only way Fayose could pay me back for this standing by him in his trying time was for him to send thugs after me simply because I stood against the imposition of members of Labour Party (LP), who just decamped to PDP and are yet to be given waiver by the party as members of the exco in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government,” Olatunbosun said.
Speaking on Fayose's return to the PDP, Olatunbosun said; “Our people thought he has changed. They thought he is no longer violent, and he himself pledged to abide by the patry's rules. That's why he was admitted back into the PDP by the party members in his Local Council.
“However, with what he has done in the last two weeks, it is obvious that Fayose has not changed a bit.
“We are therefore happy that he has not been fully admitted into the party and the National Working Committee of our great party should take note.