Tension In Ekiti PDP As Fayose Dumps Eleka, Oni, Supports Kolawole Over 2023 Election
There is tension in the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the endorsement of the state Chairman, Chief Bisi Kolawole, as the governorship candidate by former Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose ahead of the 2022 governorship poll.
Report gathered on Sunday that Fayose communicated Kolawole’s endorsement to members of his political platform, Osoko People’s Assembly (OPA) at a meeting held at his Afao Ekiti country home and the development is causing ripples in the party.
The anointing of Kolawole changed into an indication that Fayose has deserted former Governor Segun Oni, who these days made an open statement; 2018 governorship candidate, Prof Olusola Eleka and 2018 deputy governorship candidate, Mr. Deji Ogunsakin, who was believed to be the favorite for the price tag before the latest development.
The trouble have become a chief subject matter of discourse on many social media systems Saturday night time with many worried PDP caution in opposition to any other imposition saying comparable motion cost the birthday party victory at the 2018 governorship election.
Kolawole turned into in the Third House of Assembly wherein he represented Efon Constituency among 2007 and 2011. He additionally served under Fayose as Commissioner for Environment among 2015 and 2018.
Pictures of Fayose’s go to to Kolawole’s residence in Efon where he in addition gave reasons why he anointed him as the next PDP flag bearer later surfaced at the social media Saturday night.
A source instructed DAILY POST that a former House of Assembly member criticised the choice of Kolawole expressing surprise at the unexpected turnaround at the Afao meeting after Fayose had in advance directed them to paintings for Ogunsakin.
Fayose changed into stated to have tongue-lashed the ex-lawmaker for daring to undertaking his authority as a former governor and leader of OPA.
The choice of Kolawole has further polarised the party this is fighting a raging factional disaster among the OPA institution dependable to Fayose and the Repositioning Group dependable to the lawmaker representing Ekiti South in the Senate, Senator Biodun Olujimi.
The Olujimi faction led by Hon. Kehinde Odebunmi has taken the battle to the Supreme Court after the High Court and the Appeal Court had established the Fayose faction led by means of Hon. Kolawole.
Fayose’s public display of help for Kolawole’s candidacy has divided PDP participants with some of them hailing the action at the same time as other criticised Fayose for trying to impose a candidate beforehand of the birthday party’s primary.
While a few threw their weight in the back of Kolawole, others maintained that it turned into premature for the ex-governor to leap the gun in a bid to foist his crony on the party warning of a repeat of the 2018 loss to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which they in part blamed on alleged imposition of Eleka.
But Fayose in a social media post justified the purpose why he settled for Kolawole describing him as “eminently qualified” for the party’s gubernatorial ticket.
The ex-governor however clarified that there might be a number one for all aspirants who display hobby in the PDP price tag beforehand of the 2022 governorship election in Ekiti.
Fayose stated: “I painstakingly pick to support Bisi Kolawole because he's eminently certified, a rallying point and a bridge builder. But it is still an open race for all aspirants.
“In due direction, the celebration will conduct number one for them all. However, for me today, it is Bisi Kolawole for Governor.
“To my Political ‘Sons’ (Aspirants) and fans of the Osoko Political Assembly, it is able to were ‘you’ but the will of God be completed. Your time too will really come.
“As a leader, I reserve the right to a desire and selection to which I even have humbly made.”
Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, reacting to a query through a social media user on why Fayose abandoned Eleka, Olayinka stated: “Abeg convey your Oyinbo giramatika go sleep.
“I respect Prof Kolapo Olusola Eleka a lot and I gained’t say something towards him here.
“But on this one, we that chose Eleka in 2018 have selected Bisi Kolawole for 2022.
“In 2018, Prof Eleka become no longer the maximum awesome, he got the price tag.”
Reacting to Kolawole’s desire in another WhatsApp submit, Ogunsakin, said the motion has ended his ambition to run for the governorship seat within the 2022 ballot .
He said: “I just spoke with my darling egbon and the chairman of our superb party PDP, Hon Bisi Kolawale to congratulate him because the news of his emergence reached me via resources I even have utmost respect for.
“I want to say with out mincing words that Bisi K is a great gentleman and decent circle of relatives guy that I actually have a lot regard for. If I changed into chosen he would’ve stood solidly in the back of me and of path I’ll do equal for him.
“While thanking my friends, well wishers and circle of relatives participants in your guide so far, this is in which our adventure as regards governorship race results in fulfilment of the promise we made to our leader HE Ayo Fayose and whole management of OPA that we are able to abide by means of the guidance of the institution inside the collective interest of everybody.
“Please notice, I’m no longer available for any bad discussions. Thank you. God bless OPA. God bless PDP.”
Meanwhile, the PDP in Efon Local Government, Kolawole’s council region of origin has hailed his choice with the aid of Fayose describing it as “the satisfactory decision.”
According to a assertion by the Efon PDP LG Chairman, Hon. Oluyemi Ajanaku, Kolawole is the man wished for the transformation of Ekiti State.
“No doubt, the declaration of interest on Hon. Bisi Kolawole by way of Gov. Ayodele Fayose stays the excellent selection as the desired choice (Hon. Bisi Kolawole) is quite experienced, disciplined, and certainly ready with the needed transformation capacity and understanding for the revival of our state; especially right now; when things have fallen aside.
“Thanks to the God fearing Oshokomole; the leader of our exceptional birthday celebration, for the kind consideration, self assurance and believe which has been painstakingly bestowed on our son.
“On this, we promise total display of guide, loyalty and extensive modern-day marketing campaign; mainly on the victory of our preference candidate.”[NewsNaira]