The former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has described his suspension from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as an outright destruction of the entire PDP in Ekiti State.
“Fayose is an institution that cannot be excised from a party likePDP,” he said.
Earlier, the state chairman of the party, Makanjuola Ogundipe, suspended the former governor for the roles he allegedly played in the invasion of the state secretariat by hoodlums last week.
Also suspended are: the state secretary of the party, Tope Aluko; state women leader, BusolaOyebode; as well as state public relations officer, Kola Oluwole.
Ogundipe said investigations conducted by the party indicated that the suspended persons were connected to the crisis in the party.
The chairman denied allegations that he collected N5 million from an aspirant based in Abuja to help him emerge as the party’s consensus candidate. He said those suspended would appear before the party’s disciplinary committee at a date to be announced soon.
But Fayose who was brought back to the PDP by the national chairman, BamangaTukur and is widely believed to be eyeing the governorship ticket of the party in 2014, dismissed his suspension.
“This is not only laughable but ignoble. Suspending Fayose is like suspending PDP in Ekiti. It is the national leadership of the PDP, notOgundipe, that can suspend Fayose who toiled to make the party occupy its present position as major opposition party in the state today,” he said.