Ek­iti: Con­sen­sus can­di­date, medicine af­ter death- Se­na­tor Arise

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

A chief­tain of Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party in Ek­iti State, Se­na­tor Ayo Arise, has de­scribed the emer­gence of Se­na­tor Gbenga Aluko as the con­sen­sus can­di­date of the ag­grieved as­pi­rants as “medicine af­ter death.”

Arise said Fayose had emerged and al­ready got the party’s cer­tifi­cate of re­turn but added that he has be­gun moves to rec­on­cile all ag­grieved gu­ber­na­to­rial as­pi­rants of the party with for­mer gover­nor of the state, Mr. Ayo Fayose.

Fayose emerged the can­di­date of the party in a con­tro­ver­sial pri­maries con­ducted by Dr. Peter Odili-led team on March 23 in Ado Ek­iti.

Other mem­bers of the rec­on­cil­ia­tory com­mit­tee are for­mer Speaker of the old Ondo State, Rt. Hon. Femi Akinyemi, for­mer mem­ber of the State House of As­sem­bly, Bisi Ko­la­wole, Chief Dele Okeya among oth­ers.

The as­pi­rants, who met last Fri­day in Abuja, picked Se­na­tor Gbenga Aluko as a con­sen­sus can­di­date.

Arise, who rep­re­sented Ek­iti North Se­na­to­rial District, be­tween 2007 and 2011, called on the ag­grieved PDP as­pi­rants to put the in­ter­est of the party at heart and sup­port Fayose’s can­di­da­ture for the June 21 elec­tion.

Arise said, “The party is tak­ing ul­ti­mate steps to ap­pease the ag­grieved as­pi­rants. I have been man­dated to bro­ker peace among them in the in­ter­est of our party.

“It is on this strength that I started with Prince Dayo Adey­eye, who is a leading as­pi­rant. We need to quickly bring him back to the party fully. Start­ing the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with him does not in any way di­min­ish the rel­e­vance of other ag­grieved as­pi­rants. We will reach out to all of them.”

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