Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The crisis rocking the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) thursday got messier as the former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, resigned as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.
When called on telephone, Adeyeye confirmed his resignation but kept mum on why he took the drastic action. Some pundits were of the opinion that Adeyeye must have preempted the governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, that he may sack him over controversy surrounding the emergence of the governorâ€™s deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola as the PDP sole governorship candidate for the 2018 election.
Some pro-Fayose PDP stakeholders had on Wednesday adopted Olusola as the sole candidate at a meeting held at the government house pavilion in the state capital.
When contacted, Fayoseâ€™s Special Assistant on Public Communications, Mr. Lere Olayinka, said only the universityâ€™s management can react to the development.
â€œWhen a pro-chancellor is appointed, he becomes autonomous, because the university itself is autonomous , so we canâ€™t comment on this,â€ Olayinka said.
Adeyeye decided to sever his political ties with Fayose over the governorâ€™s endorsement of his deputy as the sole candidate for the forthcoming poll.
The action had foreclosed the aspirations of Adeyeye and other aspirants, including former Deputy Governor, Sikiru Lawal, former Nigeriaâ€™s envoy to Canada, Dare Bejide, former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Owoseeni Ajayi and Senator representing Ekiti South at the Senate, Mrs. Biodun Olujimi, for the plum job.
The trio of Adeyeye, Bejide and Ajayi branded Fayoseâ€™s action as constitutional infraction, saying such alleged illegal action canâ€™t stand.
Adeyeye, in a statement, described Fayoseâ€™s action as a breach of the PDPâ€™s
constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act (as amended). â€œSee Sections 50 (1), Section 50(2) and 50(2b) of the PDP constitution (2012)as amended.
â€œIt is important to note that PDP as a political party is bigger and larger than an individual no matter how highly placed he or she may be as to override the rules and regulations of the party which are sacrosanct in the election of any candidate for elective position.
â€œI reject the purported adoption of a sole candidate in its entirety, as there are many other aspirants for the governorship race in 2018â€, he said.