Why Fani-Kayode, others threatened to quit PDP

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Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has threatened to quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alongside many others if the party further humiliates Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade.

He disclosed that the party was planning to remove Ayade as leader of the party in the state, noting that such would amount to undermining and humiliating the governor in his state.

Fani-Kayode stated this Tuesday in a series of tweets in reaction to the crisis rocking the Cross River State chapter of the party.

The Herald can report that there is a tussle in Cross River PDP between the Abuja group, led by the National Assembly lawmakers (especially Senator Gershom Bassey) and some founding members of the party in the state and those at the home front, led by Ayade and the Ntufam Edim Inok-led State Executive Committee of the party.

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The two groups have been fighting over who controls the party’s structures at the state level ahead of 2023 governorship election.

Fani-Kayode warned that any attempt by the party’s national leadership to undermine the governor would have consequences that would reverberate across the nation.

He wrote, “It would be a big mistake for the NWC of the @OfficialPDPNig to take the party structures in his state away from Ben Ayaade, Gov. of Cross Rivers state, & hand them over to anyone else. If this is done & Ayaade leaves the party be rest assured that many of us will leave with him.

“You cannot and must not undermine a sitting Governor or attempt to humiliate him in his own state and before his people. Some of those that are advocating & behind this nonsense would never allow it to happen in their own states. A word is enough for the wise.

“No-one, no matter how big or powerful, should think that they own the
@OfficialPDPNig. If there is any attempt to undermine Ayaade it will spark off a crisis in the party that will split it right down the middle and the consequences will not be limited to Cross Rivers state.”

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