New PDP Secretariat’s Location Causes Panic 


By Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti

Residents of the area where a new state secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is being constructed along Ajilosun Road in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state, a residential area, have raised concern about the suitability of the location.

The residents who said the location is not suitable for the construction of a party secretariat wondered why government failed to site such a project in a non-residential area or on the outskirts of the city.

Some parishioners of Christ the King Catholic Church, who spoke on condition of anonymity, criticized the choice of the site for the building of a party secretariat which they maintained was “unsuitable, uncalled for and inconvenient for a place of worship.”

Church members who spoke on condition of anonymity after an evening  mass expressed fear that clashes and violence being witnessed at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja could also happen at the new state secretariat being constructed in the future.

Earth-moving equipment and construction workers had since been mobilized to the site located near Christ the King Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Nursery and Primary School and Ekiti Catholic Bishop’s Court adjacent to the Agric Olope junction.

The foundation stone was laid about two months ago when Governor Ayodele Fayose led six other PDP governors to perform the ground-breaking when they came to witness the inauguration of projects being executed by Fayose since his administration came on board.

The party is presently occupying a rented building in downtown Ajilosun which had witnessed attacks by party interest groups and was also set ablaze in the heat of a protracted leadership crisis last year.

The owner of the building, who is a former state chairman of the party, Ropo Adesanya, has dragged the party to court over unpaid rent. Adesanya had since defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The other faction opposed to the governor operates from another secretariat a few meters away from Adesanya’s building presently occupied by the state PDP.