A faction of the Ekiti State chapter of the PDP loyal to Senator Biodun Olujimi on Tuesday dissociated itself from the statement credited to the faction loyal to former Governor Ayodele Fayose, attacking Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde.
The party expressed its displeasure via a statement, titled, ‘Ekiti PDP disowns Fayose, backs Makinde’s S’ West leadership signed by the factional Publicity Secretary, Chief Sanya Adesua, in Ado Ekiti.
Adesua said the undisputable leader of the party in the South West was the Oyo State Governor, in accordance with the PDPs rules and conventions.
The party in the statement urged Fayose “to support Makinde’s leadership and allow peace to reign in the zone, instead of leading another group to oppose him.”
“This is not to say that former governor Ayo Fayose can be wished away in the scheme of things as one of the party leaders in the zone, but he should understand that he does not own the party and as such, should respect the existing political organogram/arrangements which he once benefitted from, as the only elected PDP governor in the zone between 2014 and 2018,” he stated.
The PDP factional spokesperson said the party, which had only one sitting governor out of the six states in the South-West, could no longer afford destabilisation ochestrated by individuals who assumed ownership of the party.
Adesua said the Olujimi group preferred leaders and members working collectively to forestall any distraction from focus of winning elections for the party and providing quality leadership for the people of the Ekiti State.
Meanwhile, a former Minister of Power and Steel, Dr Wole Oyelese, has blamed the festering crisis in the South-West chapter of the inability of the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, to caution the warring factions.
Oyelese said if the national chairman of the party had called Makinde and Fayose to resolve the crisis, the embarrassing situation would have been averted.
Oyelese, said this in an interview with our correspondent, in Ibadan, on Tuesday.
He said, “It is unfortunate that the party at the national level allowed things to get to this level.
“My expectation is by now, the national body especially the national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, should have cautioned the two of them. The crisis between Governor Seyi Makinde and Ayo Fayose, shouldn’t have been allowed to get to this level.”