Chief Akintayo Akin-deko, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state has asked governors on the platform of the party to stop trying to decide who leads the party or how the party is run.
According to him, only the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party can take decisions for the party.
Chief Akin-deko, son of former Agriculture Minister, Late Chief Gabriel Akin-deko, revealed that he was one of those who took the party to court to stop its national convention in Port Harcourt last month.
The PDP chieftain spoke in Ibadan on Thursday, when former President Olusegun Obasanjo paid a visit to the matriach of the Akin-deko family, Mrs. Ebun Akin-deko. He insisted that he would not withdraw the suit until the PDP leaders begin to follow the party’s constitution strictly in the selection of leaders.
His words: “I’m one of the people who went to court to stop the conventions at Port-Harcourt and Abuja, insisting that the party must follow its own constitution. The problem started in 2011 when some people especially from South south insisted that former president Goodluck Jonathan should run for second term. That impunity continued and came to a head when the governors decided that they were going to impose Alhaji Alli Modu Sherif on us. The grassroots members are resisting it thoroughly, Alhaji Sheriff can not be there and governors cannot impose a chairman on the party.
“Only the BoT can constitute the party’s working committee. Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi is an excellent man. Fortunately, he is also a member of the BoT. Fortunately, he is a former governor. So, he is the bridge that the BoT will use to stop this madness that is going on right now where people are invading our Abuja secretariat as if we’re going back to the days of Wild, Wild West. Unfortunately, they are attacking themselves needlessly over an issue of principles.”
“We have insisted we will not remove that case from court until the party follows the path of the constitution. Nobody can walk in from the streets, from another party and try to impose themselves on those of us that have been patient for so many years to recover our party. Once the party elders, the founding fathers, have structured an agreement, then we will withdraw the cases from court.”
“If there is no rule of law in the country, anybody can pick up something tomorrow and start anarchy. That is what is going on in the PDP now. They must go back and observe the rule of law.”
He dismissed claims that the crisis rocking the party was being sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC). According to him, the former ruling party paved way for the crisis.
On Obasanjo’s visit, Akin-deko said that the former president has always visited Mrs Akin-deko after two of her grand children died in an accident in Iyabo Obasanjo’s car about 12 years ago.
“He came to see mama to ascertain her well being”, he explained