The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, loyal to Ali Sheriff in Ekiti State has challenged Governor Ayo Fayose to make good his threat to dump the party saying the Supreme Court will confirm Mr. Sheriff as national chairman of the party.
Mr. Fayose had earlier vowed to dump the party should the Supreme Court affirm Mr. Sheriff as chairman.
Mr. Fayose is a leading member of the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP.
While interfacing with students on Tuesday in a sensitisation for the 2018 governorship election, the governor stated that he could not stay in the same party with Mr. Sheriff and that he might dump the party should Mr. Sheriff win at the Supreme Court.
In a statement, signed jointly by its Deputy Chairman, Olasunkanmi Ogunbiyi and Secretary, Ilesanmi Obe, the Ekiti PDP said that the exit of Mr. Fayose from the party would not create any adverse effect, as the party structure from the state to ward level remained intact.
"Most of the elected and appointed officials at all levels of government have resolved to remain in PDP and are not following Fayose if he eventually defects again and chase shadows as usual," the statement said.
"All the 177 wards and 16 local governments still believe in the PDP as the party that delivered and performed best so far since the creation of Ekiti State," saying "the incontrovertible fact is that on the two occasions he won the governorship elections it
was the PDP that provided the platform and opportunities for him."
The group recalled that Mr. Fayose had once tried his popularity when he contested for the Central senatorial seat while in Labour Party, saying that he "failed woefully and this proves that the platform aided his victories and not his so-called popularity."
"if he decides to leave PDP again, we shall not miss him as the party remains strong and in fact under the able leadership of Chief Clement Awoyelu, the first state chairman of the party," it stated.
"When Fayose dumped the party in 2007, we went ahead to win the governorship election and all the nine National Assembly seats and 13 House of Assembly seats without him."