JOHNSON OJO, Ado-Ekiti
Barely 48 hours after former Deputy Governor Bisi Omoyeni dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, another one, Dr. Sikiru Lawal, has followed suit as he quit the party on Wednesday due to irreconcilable differences over the forthcoming primary of the party.
Lawal said he took the action based on available fact that the delegates’ list had allegedly been skewed in favour of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s preferred candidate and Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola.
The former number two man and governorship aspirant also resigned his position as a non-executive Director in Odu’a Investment Company Limited, where he has been serving through the instrumentality of Governor Fayose.
Lawal was the deputy governor to former Governor Segun Oni, who ruled Ekiti between 2007 and October 15, 2010.
Lawal, in a letter dated April 3, 2018 and addressed to the PDP Chairman in Ward 9, Ado Ekiti, Mr. Tope Makanjuola , said his resignation takes effect from the date he communicated to the party.
The letter entitled: ‘Withdrawal of Membership’ reads: “Reference to above, I wish to inform you that I, Sikiru Tae Lawal with membership number 2620001 registered at ward 9, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, wish to withdraw my membership of your party, PDP, effective from today, Tuesday, 3rd April 2018”.
In the letter to the Group Managing Director of Odu’a management, a copy of which was sent to Governor Fayose, Lawal said: “I wish to a notify you of my intention to resign my appointment as a non-executive Director representing Ekiti State on the board of Odu’a investment Company Limited with effect from 1st May , 2018.
“I wish to thank the Ekiti State governor and the good people of Ekiti State for the opportunity given me to serve on the board. I also appreciate the cooperation of my colleagues and staff of Odu’a during my stay”, he stated.
Lawal said he decided to take such a far-reaching decision to afford him the opportunity to be able to defend his political interest and that of his people in another party.
He, however, did not mention the political platform he would defect to with his supporters across the 177 wards in the state.
He said: “Whatever you do in politics, you do it for yourself and your family people. It seems PDP no longer needs us, because the processes leading took to our primary have been badly manipulated in favour of an aspirant.
“The message was clear that there is no level playing ground again in the our party and there is no point wasting time in a party that has lost its bearing , because the PDP is no longer the people’s choice, it has lost its goodwill due to pervasive impunity in the system.
“The PDP is supposed to be a democratic party, but this is not the case. I am not over ambitious but I have no choice than to leave when someone has said your services are no longer needed”, he said.
When asked the party he would adopt to contest for the election, Lawal said: “I am consulting with my people. I consulted them before taking this action and I believe we must come together to agree on the platform to be adopted”, he added.
For a better society.