PDP Crisis: Fayose rejects Dickson committee report, vows never to work with Sheriff

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has rejected the recommendations of a committee his party set up and vowed not to be part of any convention organised by the Ali Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party.

A reconciliation committee led by Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, in its report presented to Mr. Sheriff asked the PDP national chairman to conduct a convention within 6 months as part of measures to resolve the crisis in the party.

New leaders of the party would be elected at the convention, the committee recommended, while Mr. Sheriff has pledged not to seek the position of party chairman again.

While Mr. Sheriff was declared party chairman by the Court of Appeal, another PDP faction led by Ahmed Makarfi is supported by Mr. Fayose and other governors of the party.

In his statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES by his spokesperson, Mr. Fayose said he is certain Mr. Sheriff is being sponsored by Nigeria’s ruling APC and that he and his supporters would not participate in any convention organised by Mr. Sheriff.

Read Mr. Fayose’s full statement below:

Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors’ Forum, Ayodele Fayose, has reiterated his support for the decision of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee to appeal the Court of Appeal, Port-Harcourt, judgement on the leadership of the party, saying; “There cannot be any meaningful reconciliation with an impossible character like Senator Ali Modu Sheriff who is obviously working for political interests different from that of the PDP.”

The governor said he was aware that well over $1 million had been provided by the APC to fund the convention being planned by the Sheriff group while adequate security will also be provided by the security agencies that are now more like part of the APC. This is being done so as to sustain the party’s plot to turn Nigeria to a one party State.

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor, who said he was reacting in his capacity as the governor of Ekiti State to the submission of report of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led reconciliation committee to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, said; “all constitutionally recognised organs of the party, including staff of the national secretariat are with the Makarfi led Caretaker Committee and since political party is
about membership, Sheriff will continue to carry with himself the burden of lack of legitimacy.”

The governor, who said he had nothing against Governor Dickson, added that; “I respect Governor Dickson, he is my brother and he is entitled to his own personal opinion just as I am entitled to mine. But I must state it categorically that no genuine lover of the PDP will take part in a convention sponsored by the APC.”

Governor Fayose, who said implementation of the Dickson Committee report was beyond Mr. Sheriff, noted that; “assuming but not conceding that the report is acceptable, can Sheriff even implement it? Where will he find seven serving governors, seven former ministers, etc?”

Governor Fayose reiterated that no meaningful reconciliation can be done with Senator Sheriff, adding that; “With APC calling for support for Sheriff, it should be clear to all genuine lovers of the PDP who are behind the crisis in the party.”

He said; “I am speaking for myself and the entire people of Ekiti State that I represent; we won’t be part of any PDP convention sponsored by the APC and I must state categorically that Sheriff is being sponsored 100 percent by the APC.

“We therefore remain undaunted in our support for the Markafi committee and its decision to approach the Supreme Court to challenge the Appeal Court, Port-Harcourt judgement.”


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  • OGK

    This moron of a Fayose is eternally thick. A committee was set up with Dickson as chairman and he says the report of that committee was the opinion of its head. In addition, he speaks for himself and his selfish agenda, yet he equates this with the interest of Ekiti citizens.
    Fayose and his handlers open their mouths as people never out of Ekiti land. They allege APC is providing $1 million dollars to assist Sherifff towards convention. How sensible is that considering the fact that APC itself has been struggling to put one convention together since coming to power.

    • Riseup Nigeria

      A party that is still struggling very hard to clear itself from the boko haram conspiracy ,can do anything for the sake of sustaining political power.APC is an axis of evil.

      • isiaka

        OBJ has said it all, that the party is already in an intensive care, almost in a coma condition before sheriff took over. that is why the party is dyeing on daily basis, issues upon issues. But the wise one among them quit before his final extinct.They will continue to suffer for the nemesis cause to these country from head to toe.ameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen

  • Yusuf

    Is there a more impossible character in this Country like Fayose. An ethnic jingoist that see’s nothing good in others. Hopeless tribalist.

  • thusspokez

    New leaders of the party would be elected at the convention, the committee recommended, while Mr. Sheriff has pledged not to seek the position of party chairman again.

    Governor Dickson is daft if he thinks that Mr. Sheriff would step down, let alone pledge not to seek the party chairmanship again.

    If the person to implement the recommendation is the same Sheriff who had repeatedly returned to the courts to fight the PDP — damaging the party in the process –, why had he not stepped down or ended the court cases earlier for the sake of the party?

  • absam777

    Oh hail the VP/ Presidential candidate of PDP for 2019. Vote for Fayose!

  • Arabakpura

    Is this Fayose guy mocking Jonathan or what? How much does he really contribute to PDP that he can’t be discountenanced? Every thing and everywhere he goes, troubles follow him! He announced that he was submitting himself to Jonathan’s peace deal, now, he wants to mock Jonathan who put him where he is today; there is God!

    • thusspokez

      The PDP is not Jonathan PLC. Besides, Jonathan is bad news for the PDP, and I don’t know why the party is still hanging on to him.

  • El Patron

    Interesting. The man who caused the problem in the first place is rejecting the proposed solution. No surprises there

  • thusspokez

    A reconciliation committee led by Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, in its report presented to Mr. Sheriff asked the PDP national chairman to conduct a convention within 6 months as part of measures to resolve the crisis in the party.

    What the committee should have done is to recommend the setting up of a task force that will implement the committee’s recommendations.

    This would in effect, excuse Mr. Sheriff, who is part of the problem, from the implementation process. Instead, what Governor Dickson and co. did was like inviting turkeys to vote for an early Christmas or rams to vote for an early Ramadan.

  • haba mallam

    once a thug is always a thug ZERO SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE some who cannot work with anyone aka Ayodele Fasoye

  • Riseup Nigeria

    Fayoshe had never being wrong on any issue he talks about.
    It was fayoshe that first spoke openly about the danger facing Nigeria with buharis presidency, all that he spoke 24 months ago are coming to pass one after the other. Fayoshe is a political prophet. Hate him or love him.

    • Olaola

      The same cretin that pushed Sherrif on PDP is now blaming the APC? What have you been smoking?

    • Bright Henry

      He is using your head and u don’t even know. Wise up man.

      • Riseup Nigeria

        Men the Axis of evil party APC have blindfolded you and your likes, how does fayoshe use my head? ,you choose to follow lies,propaganda, falsehoods and blackmails being dished out by APC .can you fault fayoshe in any position that he has ever taken,fayoshe is the nemesis of APC ,all their conspiracies are being bursted by fayoshe.
        APC packaged a very sick old dictator and told Nigerians that he is fit as a fiddle, fayoshe raised an alarm and earned Nigerians that another yaradua episode is loading, today is fayoshe not vindicated and APC axis of evil party put to shame?.
        FYI ,amodu Sherrif was the chairman merger committee that formed APC,it was his committee that conspired with jega to register the worst axis of evil in Africa called APC.,
        Again sheriffs son is married to buharis daughter, are you aware of that? ,
        The governor of Bornu today ,had accused sherrif as the one who promoted boko haram that destabilized jonathan government and gave APC ascendency to power.
        Sherrif is an APC mole in PDP as fayoshe have spoken.
        It was sherrifs acts of sabotage against PDP that gave victory to APC in ondo and Edo governorship elections.
        Fayoshe is right once again on this count about sheriff and APC conspiracy.

    • tundemash

      Cl0wn, was it not same Fayose that brought in Sheriff to be Chairman of PDPigs and here you are claiming he has never been wrong. Stop smoking “ashish”!

  • Bright Henry

    So who brought sheriff in in the first place? Something tells me sheriff has more support withing pdp than fayose. Time will tell.

  • Bahaushe

    Fayose is reckless with his comment how can without evidence alleged 1$million was set aside to scuttle your party, from which source the money might have come?Old habit hardly dies down, anyway you are reasoning like PDP member thinking we are still in the era of PDP way of fighting intrigues through bribe.Sensible Nigerians would never dream of PDP making come .Sheriff was invited by you and co to lead your party why the sudden change of mind after allowing him expend his funds on the party.