Stakeholders decry siting Ekiti PDP secretariat in residential area
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.