The Lawmakers on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Ekiti State House of Assembly, have declared their support for the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council, inaugurated by Senator Biodun Olujimi.
The Lawmakers, disowned the Presidential Campaign Council inaugurated by the former Governor of the State, Ayodele Fayose.
It was gathered that the Campaign Council supported by the PDP State Lawmakers, is being led by one of the PDP Chieftains in the State, Yinka Akerele.
The Campaign Council was inaugurated on Tuesday, January 8, by Olujimi, who the is the current Senate Minority Leader, in the National Assembly.
The Lawmakers’ position was reportedly contained in a letter addressed to the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus.
The Deputy Speaker, Olusegun Adewunmi, led the 12 PDP Lawmakers who signed the letter.
The letter reads: “We stand by the authentic list duly signed and published by the PDP nominated and accepted Director-General, Yinka Akerele. Anything short of this will again spell doom for the fortune of our party, in the forthcoming elections.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, we the undersigned, are the only remaining structure of PDP, in Ekiti State, and abhor any arrangement that will relegate us to the background, in the scheme of political activities in Ekiti State.”
The PDP Lawmakers stated that the list of the pro-Fayose Council, “does not represent the general wish of the PDP, in Ekiti State, and as well does not reflect the template authorised by the National Executive Committee of our great party, as adopted by other State Chapters of the PDP, in the South-West, and Nigeria.”
They further said that Fayose cannot deliver Ekiti State to the PDP, in the coming Presidential election.
“We state with all sense of responsibility, that ex-Governor Fayose cannot deliver victory for us in PDP, in Ekiti State. That was exactly what he did prior to the Governorship election, which cost our party the desired victory.”
The PDP Lawmakers who signed the letter include: Adewunmi, Omodara Olaposi, Badejo Anifowose, Musa Arogundade, Olayode Omotosho, Titilayo Akerele, Cecilia Dada, Afolabi Akanni, Ojo-Ade Fajana, Olayanju Olanrewaju, Adewale Ayeni, and Temitope Fasanmi.
Olujimi who is also seeking re-election to the Senate in the forthcoming elections, had earlier faulted the Campaign Council constituted by the pro-Fayose group.
She claimed that the move was not in line with what was agreed upon at a PDP meeting. Consequently, parallel Atiku Campaign Councils were inaugurated, on Tuesday, January 8.
While the pro-Fayose group has Chief Dipo Anisulowo as the DG, the pro-Olujimi group has Yinka Akerele as the DG.