By Samuel Faleye, Akure
The factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, Prince Biyi Poroye has insisted that the party’s candidate, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) “is not a card-carrying member of the party”.
He maintained that he was not qualified to occupy any elective position on the platform of the PDP.
Poroye said he continued to wonder about a statement credited to Jegede that his rival, Jimoh Ibrahim is not member of the party, stressing that “it is like a thief accusing the rightful owner of a property”.
The chairman in a statement signed by the PDP’s Director of Media/Publicity in the State, Yemi Akintomide said Jegede was not qualified to contest the governorship poll having run foul of the constitution of PDP which made it mandatory for a member to attain two year membership status before vying for any election.
It said, “the truth of the matter is that Jegede joined our party in November 2014 alongside his boss, governor Mimiko when he abandoned his Labour Party (LP) platform which he used to win the 2007 election and a second term in 2012.
“Even at that, Jegede only came into the new party as a technocrat working with the governor as Commissioner for Justice and Attoney-General and not as a card carry member of any political party, not even LP.
“And if by now, he likes to join PDP as a member and want to contest any election, he will apply for waiver to the state chapter through his ward chairman, then, I as the state chairman reserve the right to grant the waiver or reject it.
“You now wonder how can that person now turn around to say an outstanding leader and promoter of the party in the state, Ibrahim is not a member; somebody who single-handedly brought 22 Toyota buses for the party and gave each of the 18 local government areas N10 million to run the party offices in the council areas.
“Even the governor himself is yet to beat this record in the history of running the affair of a political party in this state,”.
Poroye however, berated some leaders of the party in the state who he said betrayed their Senatorial Districts by abandoning the struggle, they vowed to protect the right of their people on the governorship seat; but ‘shamefully’ aligned with governor Mimiko to retain the slot for the Central Senatorial District after spending eight years of two terms.
He said God however granted Ibrahim the grace to secure the PDP ticket from the Southern Senatorial District when it became imperative that the people of Ondo State are ready to rotate the slot to either the North or South through their votes if refused to shift ground for other Districts.
Poroye said, “That is the reason why people are happy now that Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim is the candidate of PDP and they’re ready to vote for him on November 26 as the next governor of the state in place of a stooge push forward to kill the rotational arrangement on ground as if other District are slaves to the Central”