Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose yesterday launched a blistering attack on Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Adamu Mu’azu and members of the National Working Committee (NWC).
He insisted that they must quit because of the party’s failure in the elections.
Denying any role in the failure of the party, the NWC, through its spokesman Olisa Metuh on Monday said the blame should be put squarely at the doorsteps of the Presidential Campaign Council. It vowed to remain in office until the expiration of its tenure in March, next year.
The NWC slammed Fayose for calling for its resignation, saying he was supported to get into office in spite of protests from some leaders of the party and that he got N250 million for his campaign.
But Fayose fired back in a statement yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka.
The governor accused Mu’azu of selling out to the opposition during the general elections.
Fayose wondered why PDP heavyweights, such as Mu’azu, Federal Capital Territory Minister Bala Mohammed and Governor Isa Yuguda, failed to deliver their home state of Bauchi to the party despite the enormous resources at their disposal.
Fayose argued that Mu’azu must quit his position as the National Chairman on account of the crushing defeat suffered by the party at the general elections. He likened the party chair to a war commander who lost a battle and must give way to another commander.
Demanding evidence of the funds, the national leadership of the party claimed he collected, Fayose said he received N30 million for the general elections, which, according to him, he delivered to the party. But the statement was silent on the N250 million he was said to have received for his election last year.
Fayose maintained that his demand for the resignation of Mu’azu and all NEC members was done in good faith and in the overall interest of the party. “I have no apology on my position on the NWC because their responsibility as a party does not take away their failure in the last general elections,” he said.
He reiterated his commitment to the PDP, saying: “If it remains only me, I will continue to defend the course of this party because some people are born to stand up at difficult times, and I believe I am one of such people born to stand up for the PDP at this difficult time.
“In saner climes, when a war commander leads his troops to an embarrassing defeat, such commander does not need anyone to tell him that he needs to leave the war front for another commander to take over.”
”I am even more particular about the National Chairman because he sold the party to the opposition. I have cogent evidence of his unholy alliance with the opposition before the elections and if they go any further, I will expose all his underhand deals.
“I want to say it again that I have no apology for calling for the resignation of the NWC members, especially the National Chairman. After all, someone resigned his position as the National Chairman for Alhaji Mu’azu to assume office.
“Let me say it categorically that they can only attempt to destroy this party for the moment, not forever. Sooner or later, they will all fade away and PDP will rise again.”