Ado Ekiti - The Elders’ Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has condemned the removal of the party chairman, Idowu Faleye.
The party elders said Faleye’s sack by a section of the State Working Committee (SWC) was hasty and did not follow the party’s constitution.
Faleye was removed last week on the grounds that his appointment breached the constitution as he hails from Ido Ward with the state youth leader.
Elders’ Forum, which met at the weekend, threw their weight behind Faleye.
They declared his removal as “null and void”.
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In a statement on Sunday conveying the decisions of the forum which was signed by a member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Clement Awoyelu, the elders passed a vote of confidence in Faleye, who they insist remains the party chair.
The elders said it was “absolutely wrong and unexpected” of Olatunde to have declared himself chairman.
They said a meeting was held with the aggrieved members where it was resolved that the matter should be resolved amicably.
The forum warned the Olatunde-led faction to tread softly and avoid anything that could witch hunt the “legally installed party chairman”.
Admitting that the bone of contention is the controversial N11.2million unpaid honorarium to the SWC members, the elders promised to meet Fayose on the need to assist the party financially.
They agreed with Faleye that the governor as the leader of the party should be briefed on all party activities, including its financial matters.
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