Some aggrieved governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, may quit the party following what they described as attempt by the Presidency and the national leadership of the party to short change them by the refusal to implement terms of reconciliation reached after the primaries that produced Mr Ayodele Fayose as the candidate of the PDP for the June 21 election.
One of the 12 aspirants who disclosed this to journalists after their meeting at the weekend, said that they have since discovered that the party leadership and the candidate were not committed to the pact reached with them.
The source disclosed that a letter dated April 28, 2014 was written to the Presidency and the national leadership of the party to remind the President of the agreement earlier reached and as well express their disappointment that less than a month to the June 21 governorship election, none of the terms of reconciliation had been implemented.
The source said it was even more disturbing that despite the fact that the party had not refunded the N11million paid for the primaries, when they had all agreed that the primaries was characterized with flaws, the candidate had informed people that they have been “settled” by the Presidency.
The source also noted that part of the terms of reconciliation was to pick one of them as the running mate to Fayose, but they regretted to note that none of them was picked, instead Fayose picked somebody not known to party members against one of them Ambassador Dare Bejide who had earlier signified intention to serve as the deputy governor.
According to the source, “Though, Ambassador Dare Bejide indicated interest in the position of Deputy Governor and his ambition was unanimously endorsed by the other aspirants, the candidate (Fayose) ignored Bejide and picked someone completely alien to the party”.
Besides, the source said the President’s promise to nominate one of them as a Minister seems to have been jettisoned, as the Director General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr Femi Ajayi is now being taunted as the preferred nominee for the ministerial slot. Also in the terms of reconciliation is the promise to appoint some of them as Special Adviser and Special Assistants to the President.
The source said, “None of the aspirants has been contacted or invited to commence processes leading to the appointment as a minister. This has left the group and indeed the larger PDP family in Ekiti feeding from the rumour mill; ranging from the anointed candidate of Ayo Fayose, Dayo Adeyeye to one Mr Femi Ajayi. Not a kobo has been refunded to any member, but the campaign Organisation of Ayo Fayose has gone to town to announce that the aggrieved aspirants have been settled. We are unhappy with the zero implementation of the terms of reconciliation and we will not hesitate to do the needful and revert to pre-reconciliation era”.