By Lawrence Olaoye
As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prepares for its ward congress today ahead of the party governorship primary scheduled to hold on Saturday, an aspirant on the platform of the party, Deji Ajayi, has called on the leadership of the party to disqualify his fellow aspirant, Ayodele Fayose, within 7 days or face legal action.
Ajayi alleged that Fayose, a former governor of the state on the platform of the PDP, was not a member of the party.
This was contained in a letter written to the National Chairman of the Party,Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, from the law firm of Olowolafe & Co,signed by Mr Olasoji Olowolafe and dated March 10th,2014 which was made available to news men in Abuja yesterday In the letter also copied President Goodluck Jonathan in his capacity as the PDP National Leader, Ajayi argued that Fayose seized to be a member of the party having the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and later Labour Party on which platform he contested and lost the Senatorial election in 2011.
The letter by Ajayi’s solicitors read in part “Sir, the subject person was the Governor of Ekiti State between 2003 and 2006 when he was impeached by the State House of Assembly and went on a self-imposed exile”.
“Upon his return, he left the party and joined the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and campaigned across the State for that party’s candidate in the 2007 Gubernatorial election”.
“In 2013, he did not only join the Labour Party, he was also the candidate of that Party for the Ekiti Central Senatorial seat which he lost with a wide margin to the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria. Sir, it is a notorious fact that cannot be denied that the subject person, with these antecedents lost his membership of the party”.
“It is conceded that the subject person has, to the general knowledge and to the personal knowledge of our client, taken the initial steps towards becoming a member of the party in line with the provision of section 8(17) of the Constitution of the party, however, no recommendation has been made to the National Working Committee for his readmission to the party”.
“Sir, assuming without conceding that such recommendation has been made to the National Working Committee of the Party, such readmission has not been ratified by the National Executive Committee of the Party.”
“It is consequent upon the foregoing that our client has instructed us to demand and we hereby demand that within 7 days from the date hereon, you redress the illegality and unconstitutionality of the inclusion of the subject person in the electoral process by excluding him in the race immediately,” Ajayi’s counsel submitted.