Ekiti: Consensus candidate, medicine after death- Senator Arise
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.”