It seems like the nationwide cash crunch has gotten to the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State as the landlord of the party’s secretariat building has issued the party a quit notice due to unpaid rents.
The landlord, a two-term State PDP Chairman and now a member of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Ropo Adesanya, has also accused the party of issuing him dud cheques.
Power supply to the party secretariat has also been disconnected by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company over unpaid electricity bills.
Adesanya, who was the PDP Chairman for eight years during which Governor Ayodele Fayose won the 2003 governorship election, is asking for N1.5m owed as rent.
Describing the situation as “very embarrassing,” the Acting Chairman of the PDP in the state, Tunde Olatunde, who took over when the Chairman, Idowu Faleye, was purportedly removed, confirmed that the cheque issued to Adesanya was not honoured by the bank.
Faleye, a staunch supporter of Governor Ayodele Fayose, allegedly stepped down on May 13 following pressure from members of the State Executive Committee.
Olatunde chairs a faction, which has 14 State Working Committee members and 51 members of SEC, who are the majority and occupying the party secretariat.
According to him, Adesanya had already forwarded a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Etop James, on the alleged issuance of a dud cheque, which he claimed was “stopped for no just cause.”
He explained that it was odd that cash could not be withdrawn from the account despite an amount of N17m being there.
Olatunde said, “The truth of the matter is that our party has been ejected for not paying our rent by our landlord, Chief Ropo Adesanya, eight-year party chairman and the man that produced Mr. Governor in his first term.
“We are owing the man N1.5m and we issued him a cheque drawn in our account in an old generation Bank that has about N17m at the time we were using it but mysteriously, the cheque was stopped for no just cause.
“Chief Ropo Adesanya has petitioned the Commissioner of Police for issuance of 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 ten years ago when they sent him (Fayose) on exile.
“In fact, public power supply has been disconnected from the building and we are suffering despite the fact that our party is in power and presently rules in Ekiti.
“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.”