Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State (C) talking to newsmen after his selection as the chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum. Picture: The Guardian

Governor Ayodele Fayose’s emergence as the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum has been kicked against by Senator Buruji Kashamu (Ogun-East).

The lawmaker, in a statement in Ijebu-Igbo, was adamant in his faulting of the choice of the governors. He said the PDP was teetering on the edge of dissolution and at this time requires a person who can marshal the different warring forces and settle their differences.

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Kashamu said the choice was a “misnomer” as it was befuddling that a party in the opposition and in need of “rebranding and repositioning could choose a liability, a loud mouth and an immature politician like Fayose as the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum.”

He called for a rethink by those who picked Fayose to lead. He pointed out that his predecessor in office, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, “a cool-headed and balanced character” was himself unable to hold the party together as he was unable to be a strong leader who treated all “without fear or favour.”

The senator while conceding that the choice of who to lead is the sole preserve of the governors, reiterated that he is a committed and loyal party man who is greatly concerned about the fortunes of the party.

He said: “while I concede to our governors the right to choose whoever they want to lead them, my point is that they should have settled for a balanced, more experienced and mature person to lead the Forum, not a cantankerous, divisive and unstable character like Governor Fayose who snaps at the slightest provocation.”

Fayose, in his opinion, can be blamed for part of the unrest that is tearing through the party. His thirst for power and desire to lead at all cost would further polarise the party and cause more members to decamp to the ruling APC.

He advised that the powers handed to Fayose must be curtailed for the good of the party “while well-meaning leaders and elders of the party who are not part of the crisis bedeviling the party are allowed to take charge of the affairs of the party and run it properly and legitimately.”