By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
The Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District at the National Assembly,Mrs. Biodun Olujimi,and other leaders in the faction loyal to her on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, have urged Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to ignore the alleged threat by former Governor Ayodele Fayose declaring him a persona-non-grata who should not visit Ekiti.
Olujimi,a former Minority leader and the party leaders adopted Governor Seyi Makinde,as the party’s zonal leader.
Fayose had sequel to the position maintained by Makinde that the crisis dogging the Ekiti PDP over the conduct of the congresses, which had created a gulf between Fayose and Olujimi should be resolved allegedly threatened that the Oyo Governor should dare not visit Ekiti.
The PDP Senator spoke in Omuo-Ekiti, Ekiti East Local Government Area of Ekiti, on Thursday,while distributing empowerment materials to her constituents as part of the dividends of democracy.
However,materials distributed were: 480 deep freezers, 250 sowing machines , 220 motorcycles, carrier machines, solar panel, cash , 250 drying machines, 220 laptops, 6 carry -go tricycles, among others.
Responding to the comment made by former Governor Fayose at the occasion attended by party leaders, including the state factional chairman, Hon. Kehinde Odebunmi,Olujimi said the Oyo State Governor remains the indisputable leader of the southwest zone, who is free to visit Ekiti at will.
Senator Olujimi said: “I thank all of you for adopting governor Seyi Makinde as the leader of the party in the southwest. That was what we did when Governor Ayodele Fayose was the sole governor in the zone.
“Former Governor Fayose is a leader of the PDP and one of the many of the PDP leaders that we have in the southwest. He is not the only leader and former governors, there were many.
“So, governor Makinde was adopted, because he is a decent, understanding and knowledgeable person. The southwest NASS caucus had adopted him. I heard Fayose said the caretaker in the zone has not been allowed to function, why should he say that ?Because he too had stranngulated the caretaker committee we have in Ekiti.
“What has Makinde done? He said we should wait and resolve this crisis before conducting the congresses, because no individual can run Ekiti and deliver.
“Let me say this,Governor Seyi Makinde is welcomed in Ekiti anytime. He should even come now, so that we can celebrate him. Fayose’s comment was just an empty threat.
“We say unequivocally that Governor Seyi Makinde is the leader of the zone. Why should party allow Fayose to conduct the congresses without following due process? We will resist a man who contributed to the failure of our party in Ekiti and the zone. We are resolute to rescue the party” .
Olujimi described as ill-timed,the recent increase in the pump price of petrol by the federal government due to deregulation ,urging the government to reverse the action in the interest of the masses.
“The timing was very wrong. Government must do things with human face. The timing was wrong and undesirable to the generality of the people.
“With the government not doing enough to cushion the effect of Covid -19 crisis and the looming economic recession on the masses,the future looks bleak for our nation”.
She assured that the National Assembly won’t cease to express opposition to the passage of any bill that is not in public interest to stabilise the nation and ensure good governance .