Stake­hold­ers de­cry sit­ing Ek­iti PDP sec­re­tariat in res­i­den­tial area

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

Res­i­dents of an area along Ajilo­sun Road in Ado Ek­iti, Ek­iti State have ex­pressed dis­may over the sit­ing of the new state sec­re­tariat of the PDP in their neigh­bour­hood.

They won­dered why the state gov­ern­ment re­fused to site such a project in a non­res­i­den­tial area or in the out­skirts of the city.

Earth-mov­ing equip­ment and con­struc­tion work­ers had since been mo­bilised to the site, lo­cated near Christ the King Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Nurs­ery and Pri­mary School and Ek­iti Catholic Bishop’s Court, ad­ja­cent the Agric Olope junc­tion.

The foun­da­tion stone was laid about two months ago when Gov­er­nor Ay­o­dele Fayose led other six PDP gov­er­nors to per­form the ground break­ing cer­e­mony.

Church mem­bers, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity af­ter an evening mass, re­cently, ex­pressed fear that clashes and vi­o­lence be­ing wit­nessed at the PDP na­tional sec­re­tariat in Abuja could also hap­pen at the new state sec­re­tariat be­ing con­structed.

One of them, who gave his name only as Fran­cis, said: “We have all been edgy and ap­pre­hen­sive since this place was cho­sen as the site for the con­struc­tion of the new PDP sec­re­tariat which all started as a ru­mour. But, now that Fayose and other PDP gov­er­nors came and laid the foun­da­tion stone, we know it’s true but we don’t like it.”

The state chap­ter of the PDP is presently oc­cu­py­ing a rented build­ing in down­town Ajilo­sun, which had been at­tacked sev­er­ally and even set ablaze in the heat of a pro­tracted lead­er­ship cri­sis last year.

The owner of the build­ing, who is a for­mer state chair­man of the party, Ropo Ade­sanya, had dragged the party to court over un­paid rent. Ade­sanya had since de­fected to the APC.

But the PDP Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary, Jack­son Ade­bayo, al­layed the fears of res­i­dents of the area and the Catholic Church mem­bers, promis­ing that the party would be a “good neigh­bour” when the project is com­pleted.

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