Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola
•Power supply disconnected
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has received a notice to vacate its secretariat, following unpaid rents.
Power supply to the building has been disconnected by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) due to unpaid bills.
Party leaders and members are embarrassed that the party in government will soon become “homeless” as they would soon be thrown out by the aggrieved landlord, Ropo Adesanya.
Adesanya, a two-term PDP state chairman, defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) a month ago.
Adesanya, who said the party should pay him N1.5 million for rents owed, added that he was shocked when he (Adesanya) was allegedly issued a dud cheque.
Factional said the Chairman Tunde Olatunde said the situation degenerated because “Fayose refused to fund the party”.
Olatunde chairs a faction, which has 14 State Working Committee (SWC) members, who form majority of the executive.
He described the situation as “very embarrassing”.
Olatunde said Adesanya had petitioned the commissioner of police on the alleged dud cheque, which he (Olatunde) claimed was “stopped for no just cause”.
He said the cash could not be drawn from the party’s account, although the account has a balance of N17 million.
Olatunde said: “The truth is that our party was ejected for not paying rent by our landlord, Chief Ropo Adesanya, a former party chairman and the man, who produced Mr. Governor in his first term.
“We owe the man N1.5 million and we issued him a cheque to be drawn from our account that has about N17 million but mysteriously, the cheque was stopped for no just cause.
“Chief Adesanya has petitioned the commissioner of police on the dud cheque and the police have confirmed that there is money in that account.
“The twist in the story is that Mr. Governor is saying that Adesanya bought the house nearly 10 years ago when they sent him (Fayose) on exile.
“In fact, the power supply to the secretariat has been disconnected and we are suffering, despite the fact that our party is in power.
“This party has been in power for almost one year now, the government has not funded us. The state exco members have not been receiving their honorarium and the activities of the party have been grounded.”
When asked if the exco talked to the governor about the situation, Olatunde said Fayose was indifferent.
Olatunde said the governor had been operating with the Faleye faction at the Government House, which he described as an illegality.
He said it was against the party constitution to be running the party from the Government House.