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2022: Tension in Ekiti PDP as Fayose dumps Eleka, Oni, anoints Kolawole as guber candidate

There may be stress within the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) following the endorsement of the state Chairman, Chief Bisi Kolawole, because the governorship candidate by former Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose forward of the 2022 governorship ballot.

DAILY POST gathered on Sunday that Fayose communicated Kolawole’s endorsement to members of his political platform, Osoko Individuals’s Meeting (OPA) at a gathering held at his Afao Ekiti nation house and the event is inflicting ripples within the social gathering.

The anointing of Kolawole was a sign that Fayose has deserted former Governor Segun Oni, who just lately made an open declaration; 2018 governorship candidate, Prof Olusola Eleka and 2018 deputy governorship candidate, Mr. Deji Ogunsakin, who was believed to be the favorite for the ticket earlier than the most recent improvement.

The difficulty turned a serious subject of discourse on many social media platforms Saturday night time with many involved PDP warning in opposition to one other imposition saying comparable motion value the social gathering victory on the 2018 governorship election.

Kolawole was within the Third Home of Meeting the place he represented Efon Constituency between 2007 and 2011. He additionally served below Fayose as Commissioner for Setting between 2015 and 2018.

Photos of Fayose’s go to to Kolawole’s residence in Efon the place he additional gave the reason why he anointed him as the following PDP flag bearer later surfaced on the social media Saturday night.

A supply informed DAILY POST {that a} former Home of Meeting member criticised the selection of Kolawole expressing shock on the sudden turnaround on the Afao assembly after Fayose had earlier directed them to work for Ogunsakin.

Fayose was stated to have tongue-lashed the ex-lawmaker for daring to problem his authority as a former governor and chief of OPA.

The selection of Kolawole has additional polarised the social gathering that’s battling a raging factional disaster between the OPA group loyal to Fayose and the Repositioning Group loyal to the lawmaker representing Ekiti South within the Senate, Senator Biodun Olujimi.

The Olujimi faction led by Hon. Kehinde Odebunmi has taken the battle to the Supreme Court docket after the Excessive Court docket and the Enchantment Court docket had validated the Fayose faction led by Hon. Kolawole.

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Fayose’s public present of assist for Kolawole’s candidacy has divided PDP members with a few of them hailing the motion whereas different criticised Fayose for trying to impose a candidate forward of the social gathering’s major.

Whereas some threw their weight behind Kolawole, others maintained that it was untimely for the ex-governor to leap the gun in a bid to foist his crony on the social gathering warning of a repeat of the 2018 loss to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which they partly blamed on alleged imposition of Eleka.

However Fayose in a social media submit justified the explanation why he settled for Kolawole describing him as “eminently certified” for the social gathering’s gubernatorial ticket.

The ex-governor nonetheless clarified that there can be a major for all aspirants who present curiosity within the PDP ticket forward of the 2022 governorship election in Ekiti.

Fayose stated: “I painstakingly elect to assist Bisi Kolawole as a result of he’s eminently certified, a rallying level and a bridge builder. However it’s nonetheless an open race for all aspirants.

“Sooner or later, the social gathering will conduct major for all of them. Nevertheless, for me right this moment, it’s Bisi Kolawole for Governor.

“To my Political ‘Sons’ (Aspirants) and followers of the Osoko Political Meeting, it might have been ‘you’ however the will of God be performed. Your time too will certainly come.

“As a pacesetter, I reserve the proper to a selection and choice to which I’ve humbly made.”

Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, reacting to a query by a social media consumer on why Fayose deserted Eleka, Olayinka stated: “Abeg carry your Oyinbo giramatika go sleep.

“I respect Prof Kolapo Olusola Eleka a lot and I gained’t say something in opposition to him right here.

“However on this one, we that selected Eleka in 2018 have chosen Bisi Kolawole for 2022.

“In 2018, Prof Eleka was not probably the most sensible, he acquired the ticket.”

Reacting to Kolawole’s selection in one other WhatsApp submit, Ogunsakin, stated the motion has ended his ambition to run for the governorship seat within the 2022 ballot.

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He stated: “I simply spoke with my darling egbon and the chairman of our nice social gathering PDP, Hon Bisi Kolawale to congratulate him because the information of his emergence reached me via sources I’ve utmost respect for.

“I wish to say with out mincing phrases that Bisi Okay is a superb gentleman and respectable household man that I’ve a lot regard for. If I used to be chosen he would’ve stood solidly behind me and naturally I’ll do identical for him.

“Whereas thanking my associates, effectively wishers and members of the family to your assist to this point, that is the place our journey as regards governorship race ends in fulfilment of the promise we made to our chief HE Ayo Fayose and full management of OPA that we’ll abide by the instruction of the group within the collective curiosity of one and all.

“Please be aware, I’m not out there for any damaging discussions. Thanks. God bless OPA. God bless PDP.”

In the meantime, the PDP in Efon Native Authorities, Kolawole’s council space of origin has hailed his selection by Fayose describing it as “the very best choice.”

In keeping with an announcement by the Efon PDP LG Chairman, Hon. Oluyemi Ajanaku, Kolawole is the person wanted for the transformation of Ekiti State.

“Little doubt, the declaration of curiosity on Hon. Bisi Kolawole by Gov. Ayodele Fayose stays the very best choice as the popular selection (Hon. Bisi Kolawole) is kind of skilled, disciplined, and certainly outfitted with the wanted transformation potential and know-how for the revival of our state; particularly right now; when issues have fallen aside.

“Due to the God fearing Oshokomole; the chief of our nice social gathering, for the type consideration, confidence and belief which has been painstakingly bestowed on our son.

“On this, we promise complete show of assist, loyalty and intensive fashionable marketing campaign; notably on the victory of our selection candidate.”

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