Former Governor Ayodele Fayose and Senate Minority Leader Biodun Olujimi have disagreed over the composition of PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar’s campaign council in Ekiti State.
The composition of the council sparked a quarrel among loyalists of the two political heavyweights in the party.
While Ayodele Fayose- led faction endorsed the campaign council, the Olujimi’s group kicked against it.
Olujimi, who petitioned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, called on the National Working Committee to dissolve and reconstitute Atiku Abubakar Campaign Council in Ekiti State.
The senator told Secondus to compel Fayose to adhere strictly to the resolution reached by stakeholders on how the council should be constituted at a stakeholders’ meeting in Ado Ekiti on December 28, 2018 to forestall cracks and crisis in the party ahead of the forthcoming election.
She accused Fayose of having hijacked the council and placing his cronies in all strategic positions with the portentous intention to sideline other members of the party from participating in mobilising for the PDP presidential candidate during election.
In a petition dated January 6, 2018, Olujinmi said: “Only immediate dissolution of the highly ‘lopsided’ campaign council can avert unnecessary division in Ekiti PDP”.
She warned failure to accede to the request could be deleterious for the party’s chances in the state”.
According to her: “The original composition had Prof Olusola Kolapo as chairman: Otunba Yinka Akerele as Director General: and Chief 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 repudiating, has Prof Olusola as chairman; Chief Dipo Anisulowo as DG; Chief Gboyega Oguntuase as Secretary; Jackson Adebayo as spokesperson and Lere Olayinka as Director, Media and Publicity.
Olujimi warned the PDP might lose the state to APC despite people’s resolve to vote against the ruling party in the presidential poll, if urgent curative action was not taken to rectify the perceived injustice.
“It should be understood that this is another orchestrated plan of former Governor Ayo Fayose to convert the party’s resources and fortunes to his personal enterprise as usual.
“He did it during the last governorship election and our party paid dearly for it in spite of my advice, warnings and outcry. Once beaten is twice shy,” she alleged.
But Director of Media for the council, Lere Olayinka, declared Olujimi’s claim was baseless and holds no water Olujimi.
Olayinka added she lacks the right to seek dissolution of the campaign council since she was neither the campaign DG nor the Chairman of the council.
He said: “The question to ask Senator Olujomi on her call for the dissolution of the Atiku/Obi campaign council n Ekiti is that in what capacity is she asking for such ? What is her status?
“Secretary of the South west is the chairman of the south west zone, Chief Eddy Olafeso and the chairman of the council is former Deputy governor Olusola Kolapo, the South west Coordinator is former governor Fayose and the Director General of the campaign at the national level is Senator Bukola Saraki. So what is the status of Senator Biodun Olujimi in this arrangement?
“The truth of the matter is that the PDP in Ekiti State will no longer accommodate dissidents. If she likes, she can be accommodating the dissidents in her own right.
“That is not how a responsible PDP leader should behave. I tell you, that woman, Senator Olujimi has not behaved responsibly well in the last six months.”