The Ekiti State Governor and Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party’s Governors’ Forum, Ayodele Fayose, has called for support and all-inclusive efforts towards rebuilding the party.
Fayose, who emerged as chairman of the forum last Thursday, made this call when he visited a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, in his Lagos residence on Sunday night.
The governor, according to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, promised to work with all the PDP leaders across the country to make a success of his tenure.
Describing the party as “a sleeping, and not a dead lion,” Fayose said the party could still boast of the best and established structure across the country, which needed only reactivation by putting all hands on deck.
Earlier, Fayose had received a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, and a former governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, at his Lagos residence to congratulate him.
While describing the present challenges being faced by the PDP as a phase it could overcome, Fayose said the All Progressives Congress government had failed to impress Nigerians but only succeeded in pauperising the nation by its cluelessness.
Fayose said, “Falling is not unusual, but remaining in the falling state is an admittance of perpetual defeat, which the PDP must not submit itself to.”
He lamented that Nigeria was being led by “a nepotistic and dictatorial President,” who had made the country to be more divided more than ever before.
“With the unleashing of hunger and suffering on Nigerians, the PDP stands to gain electorally ahead of the 2019 election if the party put its house in order,” he added.
The governor, who called on all serving and former governors as well as other leaders of the PDP to rise to the rescue of the party by providing fearless and sincere leadership for the party faithful, described the continuous closure of the party national secretariat as part of the deliberate efforts of the APC-led Federal Government and its agents like the police and the DSS to make Nigeria a one-party state.
Responding, Daniel likened Fayose to the biblical Daniel, who believed in the rebuilding of the Macedonian wall.
Daniel, who called for support for Fayose to achieve his good intentions for the PDP, described Fayose as “a fearless, focused and courageous man, and a timely interventionist with a realisable mission.”