2019 : Atiku’s Campaign Suffers Setback As Members Clash
Ekiti State Campaign Team of the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar is divided.
Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi, petitioned the PDP National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, calling on the party’s National Working Committee to disband and reconstitute the council in the state.
Olujimi accused former Governor Ayodele Fayose of hijacking the council and injecting his cronies in all strategic positions with the sinister intention to sideline other members of the party from participating in mobilising for the PDP presidential candidate during the election.
The Senator told Secondus to compel Fayose to adhere strictly to the resolution reached by stakeholders on how the council should be composed at a stakeholders’ meeting held in Ado Ekiti on December 28, 2018 to forestall cracks and crisis in the party ahead of the much-awaited polls.
In a petition dated January 6, 2018 and signed by the PDP Senator, she said only immediate dissolution of the highly ‘lopsided’ campaign council could avert unnecessary cleavages in Ekiti PDP, warning that failure to accede to the request could dim the party’s chances in the state.
She particularly alluded to a publication in newspapers wherein changes were made to members of Atiku/Obi Campaign Council for Ekiti State without notifying the stakeholders, describing such as "demeaning and mischievous”.
According to her “the original composition had Professor Olusola Kolapo as chairman: Yinka Akerele as Director General: and Sanya Atofarati as Spokesperson/Director of Media among others while the position of Secretary did not exist in the original composition by the National Directorate,” she said.
But the composition, which Olujimi is rejecting, has Professor Olusola as chairman: Dipo Anisulowo as DG: Gboyega Oguntuase as
Secretary: Jackson Adebayo as spokesperson: and Lere Olayinka as Director, Media and Publicity”.
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