The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP, Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has disowned the
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose’s Presidential campaign.
Makarfi who made this disclosure in an
interview in Kaduna, also reacted to the speculation that former Vice
President, Atiku Abubakar, may be given an automatic ticket to contest
the same position on the platform of the PDP, if he finally decides to
join the party before the 2019 general elections.
“If Atiku decides to contest for
President in 2019, no problem, but one thing is sure is that he will not
be given an automatic ticket. Primaries have to be conducted, Markafi
Fayose he added: “He is on his own. What he is doing is not in
compliance with the position of the party. The party’s position has not
changed. The Convention has zoned the Presidency to the North, and the
Chairmanship of the party to the South.”
In another development, the National
Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, has urged the national
leadership of the party to intervene in the crisis rocking the Ekiti
State chapter of the PDP.
He said: “The national leadership of our
great party should quickly come to the rescue of the party in Ekiti
State before Governor Fayose destroys the party.
“In the first
instance, the Governor created his own constitution by fixing the
maximum age for Chairmanship candidate at 50 years, while the maximum
age for a Councillorship candidate at 30 years, against the provisions
of the Nigerian Constitution. There is nowhere in the Constitution that
stipulates maximum age for any elective position.
“Furthermore, the primary elections to
elect the candidates for Councillorship and Chairmanship of various
Local Councils commenced yesterday at the Ekiti State Government House,
instead of the various Wards and Local Councils respectively. The
Governor is the Electoral Officer for the exercise.”