Olujimi tackles Fayose over Atiku campaign council
Senator has no right demand reconstitution of members
Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi, has petitioned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Uche Secondus, over alleged reconstitution of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Council in Ekiti State.
She accused former Governor Ayodele Fayose of hijacking the council and injecting his cronies in all strategic positions with a view to sidelining other members of the party from participating in mobilising for the PDP presidential candidate during the election.
This, she said, was contrary to the list agreed to by party stakeholders and therefore, urged the National Working Committee (NWC) to disband and reconstitute the council in the interest of all in the forthcoming elections.
Olujimi asked Secondus to compel Fayose to adhere strictly to the resolution reached by stakeholders on the composition of the council at a stakeholders’ meeting in Ado-Ekiti on December 28, 2018 to forestall crisis in the party ahead of the polls.
In her petition dated January 6, 2018, she said only an immediate dissolution of the lopsided campaign council could avert unnecessary cleavages in Ekiti PDP, saying failure to accede to the request could dim the party’s chances in the state.
But Director of Media and Publicity of the Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign Council in Ekiti, Lere Olayinka, argued that Olujimi has no right to demand the dissolution of the council.
He stated this, while reacting to Olujimi’s call on the Secondus-led NWC to dissolve and reconstitute the council because its members were cronies of Fayose.
“The question to ask Olujimi is in what capacity is she asking for such? What is her status?
In the petition, Olujimi had said the original composition had Professor Kolapo Olusola as chairman; Otunba Yinka Akerele (Director General) and Chief Sanya Atofarati (Spokesperson/Director of Media), among others, while the position of Secretary did not exist in the original composition by the National Directorate.
Meanwhile, Fayose and PDP National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Dr. Eddy Olafeso will today, inaugurate the Ekiti State chapter of the Atiku/Obi PDP Presidential Campaign Council in Ado-Ekiti.
Olayinka said the council will be chaired by former Deputy Governor and PDP candidate in the 2018 governorship election, Professor Kolapo Olusola, while Chief Dipo Anisulowo will serve as Director General and State Chairman of the party, Gboyega Oguntuase, would serve as Secretary, among others.
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