A faction of the South-West People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by former Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose has rejected the appointment of former Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye as chairman of the screening committee of the zone’s congress due to hold on Monday, April 12.
The zonal congress which has continued to cause disharmony and confusion within the party for the past week, was earlier scheduled for Saturday, April 10 to hold in Ibadan but following controversies from different chieftains of the zone, it was moved to Monday and taken to Osogbo, Osun state capital.
Upon the change in date and venue, it was revealed that Dino Melaye has been picked as the chairman of the screening committee.
Reacting, the faction of the Fayose that had wanted the shift, raised their heads against the choice of Melaye as chairman for the panel.
According to the statement issued by the group and made available to newsmen on Friday, Melaye was named contrary to an initial agreement that Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senate Minority Leader was to take up the post.
The chieftains including Senator Ademola Adeleke and Hon Ladi Adebutu, PDP governorship candidates in Osun and Ogun States respectively as well as the immediate past Zonal Chairman and aspirant in the next Monday Congress, Dr Eddy Olafeso in their joint statement noted that the sudden change was suspicious, adding that it is “suggestive of a planned hatchet job.”
They insisted that no one except Abaribe would be accepted.
The statement read; “What the party told us was that Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe will be chairman of the screening committee.
“To us, this sudden use of Senator Dino Melaye is suspicious and we will not accept it.
“If Senator Abaribe is not available, there should be someone acceptable to the two parties to replace him, not Dino Melaye. “Therefore, for equity, fairness and transparency, we call on the National Working Committee to replace Senator Dino Melaye with someone that is acceptable to both contending parties as Chairman of the Screening Committee.”