Controversy: Stop attacking Buhari – PDP stakeholders

Fayose Buhari
– Concerned PDP stakeholders have asked Governor Ayodele Fayose to refrain from attacking Buhari’s policies – The group claims that by repeatedly condemning President Buhari, Fayose is mocking himself
– The EFCC has also been asked to probe the governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje,
– They say Agbaje must be probed over reported diversion of government funds for campaign purpose.
Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose has been charged to bring to an abrupt end his attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari’s policies.

The warning was made by a group under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), known as the Concerned PDP Stakeholders (CPS). This was contained in a statement issued by its patron, Prof T Akinyemi , where he noted that by repeatedly condemning President Buhari policies, Fayose was making mockery of himself because the President had good intentions for Nigeria. The group, however, noted it supported Fayose’s views on what should be the position of old men within the PDP. The statement reads, “We would like Fayose to stop ridiculing himself in his efforts to attack Buhari. “Buhari has good intentions and he is a man we all respect, irrespective of his political affiliation.

“Moreover, the office of the president deserves the respect of all Nigerians. God is the one who puts people in power. “We condemn Fayose’s unguided, repeated attacks on Buhari. It is better to keep shut if you have nothing to say.” The group also demanded that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), probe the governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos state, Jimi Agbaje, over reported diversion of government funds for campaign purpose. The group called for the dissolution of the present Board of Trustees of the party, while positing that only Senator Bode Olajumoke was credible enough to lead South-west PDP. Meanwhile, Chief Bode George, a former deputy national chairman of the PDP, has blasted Governor Fayose, describing him as an ingrate. In a recent interview, Fayose said that he would not support George to become the national chairman of the party. He also noted that all PDP elders should take the backstage in the party’s affairs. “Chief Bode George told me personally that he wanted to be the national chairman of the party, I told him no, that I won’t support him. With all due respect to the elderly people in this party, they must take the backstage. People are tired of seeing the same old faces again,”the governor said.

Speaking with The Punch on Monday, May 2, George said that Fayose’s statement showed that he was an immature politician. According to him, the PDP needs experienced and matured leaders to pilot its affairs. Stressing that age was not a barrier to good leadership, George held up as a model Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, who was older than him.

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