By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
As the lingering leadership crisis polarising the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continue unabated,a group under the aegis of the party, Integrity
Women in Politics, has restated its support for the adoption of Senate
Minority Leader,Senator Biodun Olujimi as the party’s leader in the
Citing Section 30 of the PDP’s constitution allowed leadership change in the PDP, the group commended the leadership of the party for the adoption, saying it would serve as a morale booster for women’s participation in politics.
A group with an acronym: ‘PDP Stakeholders’ Forum’ on Saturday
convened a meeting in Ado -Ekiti, where it edged out former Governor Ayodele Fayose and installed Olujimi,the Senator representing Ekiti South the party’s leader.
A statement by the group’s spokesperson, Mrs. Titi Oluwatuyi, in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, applauded the former Governor for respecting and standing by the decision of the stakeholders, describing this as a party supremacy in action.
Oluwatuyi added that Olujimi’s adoption was in consonance with the party’s constitution and the rule of law and that such didn’t breach any law of the land contrary to the scenario painted by those opposed to the action.
She said: “We commend former governor Fayose for standing by the party’s decision and he did this because he realized that the
decision was in line with the party’s guidelines and constitution
contrary to some disgruntled and faceless elements who are bent on
fanning the ember of discord within the party..
“We charge the new leader,Senator Olujimi to as a matter of urgency
constitutes a reconciliation committee that will further foster unity among party members with a view to presenting a formidable party that can guarantee victory for us in 2019”.
Meanwhile, the Publicity Secretary of PDP Stakeholders’ forum, Mr.
Gbenga Akinola,has denied the allegation made by some pro-Fayose group that members were out to destabilize the party.
Akinola,in a statement in Ado-Ekiti said the decision to displace
Fayose was done to save the party and made those that were aggrieved and had lost faith in the party to return.
He accused a member of the party and close ally of the former governor of being behind the statements allegedly credited to Local Government Chairmen and the PDP House of Representatives caucus rejecting Olujimi’s adoption.
“It is sad that the same man who issued the statement has not set his
feet on Ekiti since the PDP handed over to Dr Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti.
“The focus of this group is to initiate political synergy that will bring our great party back on tracks and get our faithful members prepared for a desired victory in the 2019 general elections and not to witch hunt anybody”,he said.
But the elders caucus of the PDP have expressed contrary view regarding the issue as they upheld the former Governor Ayodele Fayose as the leader of the party in the state.
They also declared support for the embattled Gboyega Oguntuase-led State Executive Committee in the state.
The elders dissociated themselves from the purported stakeholders meeting which had earlier declared the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi, as the party leader.
Rising from their meeting held in Ijesa-Isu,Ekiti,the elders expressed concerns about the various factional meetings held by members of the party.
At the meeting were a former Deputy Governor and chairman of the caucus, Paul Alabi; former PDP state chairmen, Chief J. Ademuagun, Chief Bola Oluojo and Chief Idowu Faleye;Chief Idowu Odeyemi, Mrs. C. O. Adesoro and incumbent PDP chairman, Gboyega Oguntuase.
In a communique signed by Alabi (chairman) and Olu-Ojo (Secretary), the elders urged members of the party to shelve their differences and work for the victory of the PDP in the presidential election.
It read,”The caucus noted with concern the division in the State House of Assembly and decided to wade in immediately, to bring about unity among the PDP assembly members.
“The primary objective is how to galvanize all our members to work hard for the party’s presidential candidate,Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,to win the 2019 Presidential Election and for our members to win their various elections.”
The elders enjoined party returnees to participate positively and effectively in the party activities, especially at their ward levels.
“The caucus enjoin all party members to work eschew violence and remain faithful to the party, assuring that the party would bounce back at the federal and state levels,” the communique added.