The crisis rocking the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday, December 19, as the state party chairman, Barrister Gboyega Oguntuase has allegedly accused the former governor, Ayodele Fayose of selling the party secretariat to himself by proxy.
The party, who threatened to sue Fayose, said the secretariat which was a collective property of PDP members was allegedly sold by the ex-governor to one of his cronies without the knowledge of the State Working Committee (SWC).
Barr. Gboyega Oguntuase who disclosed this on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital while addressing journalist on the recent development in the party.
Fayose had at a reconciliation meeting held with party members and leaders from ward to state level at his Afao-Ekiti country home, alleged that he sold the secretariat with active involvement of the State Working Committee.
Debunking the allegations, Oguntuase who described the allegations as a cheap blackmail that lack content of validity, said the SWC never partook in selling the secretariat, noting the ex-governor forged their signatures.
“What he said that we sold the property in collaboration with him, is cruel, untrue and slanderous. I believe that by that statement, he has committed libel on a high scale. To the best of my knowledge as chairman of the party, and to the knowledge of many SWC members, we have not sold the secretariat. I want to tell you that any document they say they have, it is absolute falsehood.
“It is true he approached me to sign a document, but I told him, it was going to be a disservice to the party. I told him I can’t sign and I did not sign. God of heaven knows that that was exactly what transpired in his house. He even asked me what I want to take and I told him I can’t take such a sacrilegious offering.
According to him, “Our property if it has been sold via fraud, shall be recovered via thorough and extensive legal action that will be taken by this party. We have received assurances from loyal party leaders that they are with us.
“He claims that the property was sold at foundation level, but we monitored the construction up to the second and third floor. So, it is untrue that we have sold the property and if the governor has done it, he should retrace his step and surrender the document to the party”, he said.
The Chairman recalled that Fayose while in office as governor brazenly displayed acts of impunity as he ran the party like his private fiefdom without recourse to party’s organs and structures.
He alleged that the ex-governor subjected the SWC and the party staff to ‘horror’ and ‘torture’, saying they were abandoned to suffer untold hardship and languish in poverty while being owed 17 months stipends payable to party officials.
When contacted for reaction on the development, the media aide to Fayose, Mr. Lere Olayinka said his principal would not join any issues with the SWC.
“We are not going to join issues with anybody on that matter or any other matter concerning the party. They are free to say whatever they like,” he said.