JOHNSON OJO, Ado-Ekiti
The 16 chairmen of local councils in Ekiti State have called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to call the Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi to order, accusing her of promoting dissidents in the PDP in the State.
Rising from an emergency meeting in Ado Ekiti on Monday, the chairmen, in a statement signed on their behalf by the State ALGON Chairman, Hon. Dapo Olagunju, emphasised that there was no reason whatsoever for anyone to call for the dissolution of the Chief Gboyega Oguntuase-led State Exco of the party and no leadership vacuum in the party as the leader remained former Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The chairmen said it was even more absurd that Senator Olujimi was pronounced as the PDP leader not only in Ekiti state, but indirectly as the leader in the Southwest, noting that “there is no vacancy for any other leader in Ekiti state apart from Fayose.”
The statement read; “We wish to draw the attention of the NWC of our party, the PDP and Senate President Bukola Saraki to the divisive roles being played in the Ekiti state chapter of the party by Senator Biodun Olujimi.
“Last Saturday, the Senator assembled some people, mostly those who left the party to other parties to contest the July 14 governorship election with the agenda of collapsing the party structures from Ward to the State levels and announce herself as leader of the party in the State.
“It is instructive to note that none of us, the 16 elected council chairmen attended the so-called stakeholders meeting. Also not in the meeting were notable leaders of the party, including the immediate past Deputy Governor and our party’s guber candidate in the July 14 election, his deputy, the five PDP Reps members and one Senator.
“It beats our imagination that what any member of the PDP in Ekiti state will be preoccupied with is leadership of the party and dissolution of the State Exco when all efforts should be targeted at retrieving our stolen mandate at the court and strengthening the party towards the 2019 general election.
“We are even more curious that Senator Olujimi, who is seeking reelection is the one promoting division in the party. With the embers of discord being fanned in the party, is she not already wishing away her senatorial reelection bid?
“Can she win her senatorial election with her not on the same page with the two House of Reps members who are candidates in her senatorial district as well as the council chairmen and House of Assembly candidates?
“It is in view of the dangers inherent in this sinister agenda of Senator Olujimi and her dissident group that we are calling on the NWC and the Senate Caucus of our party to call them to order.
“Most importantly, the NWC is enjoined to set up a disciplinary committee to look into the invasion of the party secretariat by hoodlums with a view to sanctioning the culprits.”
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