The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,Bamanga Tukur, says the suspension of Ayo Fayose, former EkitiState governor from the party, cannot stand.
The PDP chairman made his position known after a visit to his office by some Ekiti elders led by Fayose complaining about the developments in the state chapter of the party.
Incidentally, Fayose had earlier accused the Ekiti State chairman of the party of plotting to impose the minister of police affairs, CalebOlubolade, as the party’s candidate for the 2014 governorship election in the state.
According to a statement issued on Friday by the special assistant media to the PDP chairman, Oliver Okpala, Tukur said that the suspension was done without the consent of the party’s national leadership and therefore violates laid down procedures.
Tukur expressed surprise that such a far reaching decision involving a former governor and a gubernatorial aspirant of the party was taken without due consideration and the consent of the party’s leadership.
The statement said that the party’s leadership would not condone any act of imposition of candidates, adding that in issues of election into any office, the party’s national leadership would create a conducive and enabling environment for all party members to contest.
It added that where it became necessary to have a consensus arrangement, all party members would be carried along to avoid anyone being short-changed or isolated.
The state chairman of the party, Makanjuola Ogundipe, had suspended the former governor for the roles he allegedly played in the invasion of the state secretariat by hoodlums last week.
Also suspended were: the state secretary of the party, Tope Aluko; state women leader, Busola Oyebode; 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.
He denied allegations that he collected N5 million from the minister to help him emerge as the party’s consensus candidate.