Fayose’s po­si­tion in PDP splits Ek­iti chap­ter

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Ayodele Afo­labi, Ado-ek­iti

THE Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Ek­iti State has been torn be­tween loy­al­ists of for­mer gov­er­nor, Ayodele Fayose, and se­nate mi­nor­ity leader, Mrs. Bio­dun Olu­jimi.

Some leaders of the party, ac­cord­ing to checks, had met in Ado-ek­iti on Satur­day and ap­pointed Se­na­tor Olu­jimi (rep­re­sent­ing Ek­iti South) to re­place Fayose as the leader of the party in the state and south west geo-po­lit­i­cal zone.

In the same vein, the stake­hold­ers passed vote of no con­fi­dence on the Chief Gboyega Ogun­tu­ase-led State Work­ing Com­mit­tee (SWC) of the party in Ek­iti, call­ing on the na­tional chair­man, Chief Uche Se­con­dus, to dis­solve the ex­ec­u­tive and set up a care­taker com­mit­tee.

Their rea­son, we gath­ered, was al­leged fi­nan­cial reck­less­ness of the SWC.

In a com­mu­niqué signed at the end of the stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing, the pro-olu­jimi group said it took the de­ci­sion to in­stal her as the leader be­cause of her po­si­tion as top­most elected of­fi­cial in the state and the zone.

How­ever, five House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­bers from the state, yes­ter­day, dis­so­ci­ated them­selves from Satur­day’s meet­ing, while ex­press­ing con­fi­dence in the lead­er­ship of the Ogun­tu­ase-led SWC.

The Reps namely Ke­hinde Ag­boola (Ek­iti North I), Thad­deus Aina (Ek­iti North II), Ayo Oladimeji (Ek­iti Cen­tral I), Se­gun Adekola (Ek­iti South I) and Akin Awodu­mila (Ek­iti South II) re­it­er­ated their loy­alty to Fayose.

“There is no lead­er­ship vac­uum in the PDP in Ek­iti State. Those des­per­ate for po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship should wait for their time,” they said, urg­ing the se­nate lead­er­ship to call Olu­jimi to or­der, to avoid cri­sis ca­pa­ble of af­fect­ing the party’s chances in the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions.

“While we agree that indi- vid­u­als or groups have rights to hold meet­ings, we are miffed that Se­na­tor Olu­jimi was tak­ing her selfish agenda of col­laps­ing the party struc­ture to the ex­treme.

“We were not con­sulted be­fore the meet­ing was held and most of those who at­tended the meet­ing worked against our party in the July 14 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion. Some of them were even gov­er­nor­ship can­di­dates of other par­ties and, col­lec­tively, they could not get up to 1,000 votes in the elec­tion.

“Also, leaders like Chief Bola Olu-oju who at­tended the meet­ing in­no­cently have started dis­so­ci­at­ing them­selves from its out­come and, by (next) Satur­day, a proper meet­ing of stake­hold­ers will be held in the state.

“Most im­por­tantly, is Se­na­tor Olu­jimi also claim­ing lead­er­ship of the PDP in the south west since she is the rank­ing elected of­fi­cial in Ek­iti and the south west?

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