A prominent leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State and former member of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Dayo Okondo, has rejected his appointment as a member of the Governing Council of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti by Governor Ayo Fayose.
Okondo said the appointment won’t be beneficial to him as it falls short of his status in the party.
Okondo, who was apparently disappointed by the appointment, said he was shocked to have heard his name on the state radio on Friday as he was not consulted before the appointment was made public.
Speaking to journalists in Ikere Ekiti yesterday, Okondo, who was a former chairman of the state local government service commission, stressed that his appointment as a member of the College Governing Council belittles his status as a founding father of the PDP and as a party leader that brought Fayose into the party.
The PDP chieftain, who had been bedridden, revealed that he had not been visited by Fayose neither had the governor assisted him over his failing health.
Mr. Okondo said, “Making me a board member falls short of what he should do and if I have to take care of myself very well and take care of my health, I don’t know of what use the membership of the College Board would do for me.
“I can’t see how somebody who had served as a PDP Board of Trustees member will now be appointed a College Board member. I was shocked by the appointment with my status and level of work that I did.
“I brought the party to the state and I brought Fayose into the party. I supported him wholeheartedly when others refused to support him and I ensured that he won the primaries and the election (in 2003)”.