Ekiti PDP crisis: Eleka rejects Fayose’s endorsement of Kolawole for governor

The political camp of former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Olusola Eleka, has rejected the endorsement of Chief Bisi Kolawole because the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) governorship candidate by former governor, Ayodele Fayose.

In accordance with the Eleka’s camp, the previous governor took a unilateral choice and didn’t carry all leaders and stakeholders alongside in arriving on the selection.

A political aide to Eleka, Mr. Adebisi Adeola, stated the previous deputy governor would proceed together with his ambition regardless of Kolawole’s adoption by his former boss, saying “Eleka gained’t drop out of the race and could be able to face Kolawole on the PDP governorship main subsequent 12 months.”

Adeola, who spoke whereas that includes on BOTTOM LINE, a present affairs programme on New Cruse 92.7 FM, Ikere and monitored by DAILY POST on Monday, stated failure to permit occasion members to freely select a candidate of their selection has plunged the occasion into an avoidable disaster and put the occasion at an obstacle in its bid to regain energy.

He stated the PDP should not go to the subsequent 12 months’s governorship ballot with a divided home because it doesn’t presently benefit from the standing of a ruling occasion each on the state stage and on the federal stage expressing worry that Kolawole’s adoption may set off mass exodus to different events because it occurred in 2018.

The programme additionally featured former Federal Commissioner within the Nationwide Inhabitants Fee (NPC) and ex-governorship aspirant, Hon. Ropo Ogunbolude and Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka.

Fayose and members of his political group, Osoko Individuals’s Meeting (OPA) at a gathering held on the former governor’s residence in Afao Ekiti on the weekend adopted Kolawole as the popular governorship candidate, a growth being kicked in opposition to by occasion members not snug with the choice.

Talking on the radio programme, Adeola revealed that Fayose had earlier promised members of OPA together with Eleka that the ultimate choice on who to assist for the occasion’s governorship ticket could be taken by all stakeholders in June after all of the aspirants might need been assessed based mostly on agreed standards.

Adeola additionally maintained that Kolawole, whom he claimed didn’t present curiosity in operating for governor, would now discover it troublesome to reconcile warring members within the divided occasion because the state chairman after being drafted into the race by Fayose.

He stated: “Former Governor Fayose promised to provide all aspirants leverage to contest for the occasion ticket and he stated all OPA members will converge in June to determine however we’re shocked that the identical individual has now determined solely and hurriedly to endorse somebody.

“It got here to us as a shock that the chairman (Kolawole) that’s presupposed to reconcile the warring factions and be an arbiter is now being promoted as a candidate. Who’s going to be a bridge between the 2 factions?

“In 2018, we misplaced the election by 19,000 votes and this was prompted partially by those that left to affix different events. We don’t wish to lose members once more anymore. If the likes of (Prince Dayo) Adeyeye labored with us, we’d have been in energy now. We’re not in energy on the state and on the federal.

“Every little thing shouldn’t be proper in Ekiti PDP, we aren’t saying he (Fayose) can not undertake however you must be clear and issues ought to be rightly accomplished. No matter is occurring in PDP in the present day ought to contain all leaders in Ekiti and Southwest PDP.”

On the destiny of Eleka’s ambition, he stated: “The endorsement (of Kolawole) can not stand as a result of the occasion leaders weren’t consulted. It was unilaterally accomplished, it can not stand. Prof Olusola Eleka will contest the first election and by the grace of God, he’ll win the first.”

Olayinka, who justified the motion of Fayose and his loyalists in adopting Kolawole stated endorsement and adoption of most popular candidates by people and teams are regular in politics noting that supporters of former Governor Segun Oni and Senator Biodun Olujimi had at one time or the opposite acquired endorsement from their supporters.

He recognized 5 aspirants had paid N2 million every into the account of OPA to incorporate Hon. Deji Ogunsakin, Hon. Ayo Oladimeji, Hon. Kayode Oso, Hon. Wale Aribisala and Hon. Segun Adekola claiming that Oso, Ogunsakin, Adekola and Oladimeji has pledged to assist Kolawole.

Olayinka stated: “Fayose didn’t singlehandedly endorse Kolawole, he was endorsed by all those that consider within the management of Fayose; we consulted him (Fayose) and he agreed with us.

“The stakeholders met on Friday that that is the choice and that is the place we’re going. The truth that he (Fayose) has pitched his tent with anyone didn’t preclude others from contesting or the occasion from conducting free and truthful main.

“Fayose didn’t personally accumulate the cash (N2 million every) from anyone. We’ve got OPA chaired by Chief Dipo Anisulowo, we set circumstances that so that you can be recognised as an aspirant, you could signify your intention, you could write a letter.”

On why Fayose now not helps Eleka, Olayinka stated: “The political permutation in 2018 is totally different from now; his loyalty to our trigger is being examined now.”

Making his personal contribution, Ogunbolude expressed concern that different aspirants within the occasion wouldn’t belief Fayose once more for publicly figuring out with Kolawole saying the event would trigger division within the occasion.

Apparently reacting to the truth that Kolawole comes from Ekiti Central senatorial district which had produced governor 3 times, Ogunbolude urged PDP aspirants from Ekiti South which had not produced governor to proceed to pursue their ambition.

He stated: “It impacts morality on the a part of the chief, Fayose. He has the suitable to take the choice to assist any aspirant however he’s the top of the home, he has many youngsters however for siding with an individual, he’s telling different youngsters to go to hell.

“Others won’t look as much as Fayose once more now that he has taken a place. This may trigger additional division within the occasion. If he had allowed different constituents within the occasion to have a say, issues wouldn’t have degenerated this manner.”

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