PDP Crisis: Fayose, Olujimi Inaugurate Parallel Campaign Teams For Atiku
There is trouble in the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South West.
The battle for supremacy is between former governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, who is also the South West Coordinator of PDP’s campaign, and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi.
They both have inaugurated parallel campaign councils for the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
While Fayose inaugurated the council members in Ado Ekiti, in line with list of names reportedly approved by the national secretariat of the party, Olujimi, representing Ekiti South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, at a different location, in Ado Ekiti inaugurated a parallel council, accusing Fayose of greed and manipulation.
In a petition to Uche Secondus, the party's chairman, she accused Fayose of hijacking the council and injecting his cronies in all strategic positions with a view to sidelining other members of the party.
This, she said, was contrary to the list agreed by party leaders. She urged the National Working Committee (NWC) to disband and reconstitute the council in the interest of all in the forthcoming elections.
Olujimi asked Secondus to compel Fayose to adhere strictly to the resolution reached in Ado-Ekiti on December 28, 2018.
NAN reports that while the Olujimi inauguration took place at the Ajilosun area of the state capital and was attended by members of the party loyal to her, Fayose’s inauguration on the other hand, took place at his former campaign office in Adebayo area of the state capital, now renamed 'Atiku/Obi campaign office".
The former governor while inaugurating his version of the campaign council, described Olujimi’s effort a nullity.
He warned that he might use his position, to mobilise the people to vote out those he described as ‘traitors’ in the coming election.
Olujimi is seeking re-election to the Senate in the election slated for March.
“They need me more than I need them, because in my own case, I have got nothing to lose as I am not contesting any elective position. We will ask our people to vote against these betrayers,” he said.
According to the former governor, the campaign council was carefully selected in agreement with the National Secretariat of the party, to represent all shades of opinion in the state PDP, wondering what the complaint about greed was all about.
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