*says PDP fate in 2023 polls tied to outcome of Osun governorship election
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chieftain, Prince Diran Odeyemi has accused the party’s leadership and governors of being responsible for the party’s below expectation performance in the last Saturday Ekiti State governorship election.
The PDP deputy National Publicity Secretary in a statement, specifically declared that the party’s Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, its National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu should be blamed for the PDP’s poor performance in the Ekiti governorship election.
Prince Odeyemi in the statement said it was unfortunate that PDP governors and the party’s stalwarts allegedly abandoned the members of the party in Ekiti state during the poll as they allegedly refused to campaign in support in of the party’s governorship candidate Mr. Bisi Kolawole.
The PDP Chieftain stressed that He Senator Ayu, PDP Governors and Alhaji Atiku’s absence in Ekiti before the election to campaign for Kolawole before the poll, created negative perception problem and contributed significantly to the party’s poor outing in the election.
” After the loss of Ekiti, Senator Ayu and Alhaji Atiku, as well as other stakeholders in the PDP, should know that the fate of the main opposition party in the 2023 general election is tied to the outcome of Osun governorship election”, he said
Prince Odeyemi added, “Atiku, Ayu and PDP governors left the people of Ekiti, majority of whom support PDP in the cold. They looked up to these personalities but they never showed up before or during the poll”.
” The National Campaign council constituted by Ayu was put in place just four days before the poll and no member of the committee showed up in the state whereas APC presidential candidate, Senator Bola Tinubu the entire NWC of APC and some Governors were in Ekiti campaigning for Biodun Oyebanji. Nothing of such happened under Ayu-led PDP national working committee, “.
Prince Odeyemi stressed, ” now that the chances of PDP retaining Ekiti has been thrown out by the Ayu-led national leadership of the PDP, we need to remind Atiku, Ayu, and other leaders of PDP that the fate of our party in 2023 election now rest on the outcome of Osun poll, they must do all want they can to ensure victory to our candidate Sen Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke,”.
He then charged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders to be committed to PDP winning Osun poll to save the party from extinction in 2023.