Ayodele Fayose, the governor of Ekiti State.

The PDP faction believed to be loyal to Sheriff said Fayose is worried because he has lost his grip over the party in the state.

The  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has said Governor Ayodele Fayose is free to leave the party.

The PDP faction believed to be loyal to the National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, said Fayose will not even be missed.

The Governor has repeatedly threatened to leave the party if the Supreme Court judgement on the party's leadership tussle favours Sheriff.

In a statement issued to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, May 18, the faction said Fayose is worried because he has lost his grip over the party in the state.

Olasunkanmi Ogunbiyi, the party's Deputy Chairman in the state; and secretary, Ilesanmi Obe signed the statement.

The faction said "the exit of Fayose from PDP will not adversely affect the fortunes of the party.

"All the ward, local government and state executives as well as the state's leadership caucus remain 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.

"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.

"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."

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The statement said Fayose failed when he tried his popularity by contesting for the Central Senatorial seat while in Labour Party.

"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.

"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," the faction added.

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