By grace Dooyum Danjuma
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday told the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, that he cannot be the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Dayo Adeyeye, stated this in Abuja, where he criticize the idea of Governor Ayodele Fayose to seek for the party’s ticket for the 2019 presidential election.
“The highest organ of the party, which is the national convention, zoned the presidential ticket of the PDP to the North. That has not changed. The same national convention zoned the position of the national chairman to the South. The convention has yet to change any of these two.
“That (national convention) is the supreme organ of the party. Those decisions are binding on all members of the party. Nobody can alter these decisions,”
“If someone in such an office is breaking the decisions of the party, what do you expect from the rank and file?” he said.
Adeyeye explained that the position had been zoned to the north, even as he suggested to the governor to consider contesting the chairmanship of the party, which he said had been likewise zoned to the south.
While explaining that Fayose was wasting his time for seeking the presidential ticket for 2019 election, the PDP spokesperson urged him to remember that the decision taken by the party are binding on all members of the party, hence he should abolish the plans.
The spokesperson said the governor is a member of the party and was at the convention where those decisions were taken.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by his spokesperson said Fayose is expected to formally announce his intention for the ticket on Thursday.
Others Southern politicians believed to be seeking to be the national chairman of the PDP are a former Ondo governor, Olabode George, and a former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, who are also from the South-west of Nigeria.