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Fayose Withdraws Suit against Ayu, Atiku

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Isaac Fayose says he has decided to discontinue a lawsuit he instituted against the party; National chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu and the presidential candidate of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Mr Fayose recently instituted a lawsuit against the defendants following the party’s insistence that both the national chairman and its presidential candidate emerge from the same northern geopolitical zone.

While giving reasons for dropping the case, Isaac Fayose, a younger brother to the former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, said it was in the interest of peace, hearkening to the voices of reasoning that he decided to sheath sword and for the party to move forward. 

In a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan, Fayose said the decision to approach the court was a personal conviction contrary to belief in some quarters that he was being sponsored against the party by some forces of destabilization.

The letter reads in part ” embedded in me as a person is an instinct for Justice, equity and fair play, I have remained committed to this virtue all my life with the firm belief that justice is the only requirement for peace, progress and orderliness in any society or organization “

“Perhaps, it is this conviction that led me to institute a lawsuit against the people’s Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.”

“There is indisputable evidence from credible sources that major stakeholders within the party, especially Mr Iyorchia Ayu agreed among themselves to change the party leadership if Atiku emerged as the presidential flagbearer”

“Thank God, Atiku emerged to the glory of God, but it is annoying and provocating that the party top hierarchy has backed down on the earlier agreement, though unwritten.”

“I consider it a clear case of injustice for both the national chairman of the party and its presidential candidate to come from the same northern geopolitical zone”

“However, Moments of reactions and counter-reactions have enveloped me since I instituted the court action. I have been under severe pressure from friends, well-wishers and family members, especially from my brother, former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state and my mother”

Mr Isaac Fayose however expressed hope that the raging battle for the control of the PDP would not be allowed to put it asunder as the 2023 elections draw near.

“It was my desire as an erstwhile party man, that with the 2023 general election few months away, the raging battle for the control of the PDP would not be allowed to put it asunder”

“I thought that the game the PDP was going into with the incumbent APC, and the rising LP was a tough one that required unison of purpose and sense of mission.”

“This hope and eager enthusiasm now belong to the past as I HAVE DECIDED TO MOVE ON to a more serious political party that is people-centred.”

He said the coming days, weeks and months will test the ability of PDP to either sail or sink with the raging intra-party squabbles.

It would be recalled that Mr Isaac Fayose had last week decided to drag the PDP, its National Chairman Iyorcha Ayu and the party’s Presidential flag bearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to court over the inability to honour a gentleman agreement reached before primary election. 

The National Chairman Iyorcha Ayu had promised to step down should a northern candidate emerge at the primary but failed to fulfil it.

Ridwan Fasasi

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