A faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) loyal to Senator Biodun Olujimi in Ekiti State complained about a letter allegedly written by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), which recognizes the Hon. Bisi Kolawole as the real party leader in the state.
Faction leader Hon Kehinde Odebunmi said the group doubted the letter’s authenticity because it was addressed to Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu and the National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) had received a copy.
The party’s state congress held on August 22, 2020, produced two faction leaders, Kolawole from Governor Ayodele Fayose’s faction, while Odebunmi was elected from a parallel group loyal to Senator Olujimi.
Speaking at a press conference in Ado Ekiti on Friday, Odebunmi, who spoke on behalf of the group, stressed that the letter would not prevent the group from existing.
The former member of the House of Representatives said the contents of the letter, allegedly signed by the national secretary, Senator Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri, was full of confusion and ambiguity.
“Firstly, we doubt the authenticity of the letter allegedly written by the national secretary because it was written and signed exclusively by the national secretary. According to my own understanding, any letter from a party to federal authority is always signed jointly by the president and the secretary.
“Again, in paragraph two of the letter, the party admitted that it had not organized district and state conventions in 22 districts of two local authorities.
“If that was the case, why continue with the state congress when there were still pending congresses? Are they saying that the two councils are not part of Ekiti? “They must know that something cannot be built on nothing.
“Let me also note that the letter was addressed to the police IG and copied by CENI. When did the IM become the Superintendent of INEC?
“We believe that a separate letter should be written to INEC and co-signed by the President and the National Secretary.
“We knew their antics, they did not write directly to INEC because they did not take part in the masquerade they called Congress here in Ekiti.
“For us, we doubt the authenticity of this letter because of the ambiguities that it contains”.
Odebunmi distanced himself from “the ruthless declaration of former Governor Fayose against the respected Governor Seyi Makinde.
He reiterated the position of the group and its chairman, Senator Olujimi, to take Makinde back as the leader of the PDP in the southwest.
“As he accepted Governor Seyi Makinde as the leader of the party in the Southwest, he has, therefore, the unlimited political right to intervene and mediate in all matters concerning the peaceful coexistence of party members throughout the geopolitical zone of the Southwest.
“That we do not ignore the unholy alliance of former Governor Fayose with the national leader of the All Progressive Congress, which aims to weaken our party before the 2023 presidential elections.
“The entire leadership and membership of the PDP in Ekiti State are using this means to reaffirm our earlier position that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State is the leader of the PDP in the Southwest, and we strongly support him. He is, therefore, free to visit Ekiti State as he is free to visit any other state in the area whenever he sees fit.
“We, therefore, call on the public and especially the many PDP members in Ekiti State and the southwestern states to ignore the jamboree meetings called by Fayose as they are aimed at destabilizing political cohesion in the southwest.
“That we want to assure all members of our party and other stakeholders that with their support, we would win the elections for governor of Ekiti State in 2022”.