Ekiti People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders, under the auspice of PDP Integrity women in Politics, has restated its support for the adoption of Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi as the party’s leader in the state.
Citing Section 30 of the PDP’s constitution allowed leadership change in the PDP, the group commended the leadership of the party for the adoption, saying it would serve as a morale booster for women’s participation in politics.
A group with an acronym: ‘PDP Stakeholders’ Forum’ on Saturday convened a meeting in Ado Ekiti, where it edged out former Governor Ayodele Fayose and installed Olujimi , the Senator representing Ekiti South the party’s leader.
A statement by the group’s spokesperson, Mrs Titi Oluwatuyi, in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, applauded the former Governor for respecting and standing by the decision of the stakeholders, describing this as a party supremacy in action.
Oluwatuyi added that Olujimi’s adoption was in consonance with the party’s constitution and the rule of law and that such didn’t breach any law of the land contrary to the scenario painted by those opposed to the action.
She said: “We commend former governor Fayose for standing by the party’s decision and he did this because he realized that the decision was in line with the party’s guidelines and constitution contrary to some disgruntled and faceless elements who are bent on fanning the ember of discord within the party..
“We charge the new leader, Senator Olujimi to as a matter of urgency constitutes a reconciliation committee that will further foster unity among party members with a view to presenting a formidable party that can guarantee victory for us in 2019”.
Meanwhile, the Publicity Secretary of PDP Stakeholders’ forum, Mr. Gbenga Akinola, has denied the allegation made by some pro-Fayose group that members were out to destabilize the party.
Akinola, in a statement in Ado Ekiti said the decision to displace Fayose was done to save the party and made those that were aggrieved and had lost faith in the party to return.
He accused a member of the party and close ally of the former governor of being behind the statements allegedly credited to Local Government Chairmen and the PDP House of Representatives caucus rejecting Olujimi’s adoption.
“It is sad that the same man who issued the statement has not set his feet on Ekiti since the PDP handed over to Dr Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti.
“The focus of this group is to initiate political synergy that will bring our great party back on tracks and get our faithful members prepared for a desired victory in the 2019 general elections and not to witch hunt anybody”, he said.