The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State deepened on Wednesday as the party’s members in the state House of Assembly disowned the Presidential Campaign Council inaugurated by former Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The PDP state lawmakers expressed support for the Yinka Akerele-led Atiku Campaign Council inaugurated on Tuesday by the Senate Minority Leader, Mrs Biodun Olujimi, describing it as the authentic body.
The lawmakers made their position known in a letter addressed to the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and dated January 8 made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, on Wednesday.
The Deputy Speaker, Olusegun Adewunmi, led the 12 PDP lawmakers who signed the letter.
The letter read, “We stand by the authentic list duly signed and published by the PDP nominated and accepted Director-General, Yinka Akerele.
“Anything short of this will again spell doom for the fortune of our party in the forthcoming elections.”
It added, “For the avoidance of any doubt, we the undersigned are the only remaining structure of PDP in Ekiti State and abhor any arrangement that will relegate us to the background in the scheme of political activities in Ekiti State.”
Olujimi, a PDP senator and senatorial candidate, had on Monday faulted the composition of the campaign council published by the pro-Fayose group, saying it was at variance with what was agreed at a PDP meeting.
Consequently, parallel Atiku campaign councils were inaugurated on Tuesday.
While the pro-Fayose group has Chief Dipo Anisulowo as DG, the pro-Olujimi group has Yinka Akerele as DG.
The PDP lawmakers stated that the list of pro-Fayose council “does not represent the general wish of PDP in Ekiti State and as well does not reflect the template authorised by the National Executive Committee of our great party as adopted by other state chapters of PDP in the South-West and Nigeria.
“It should be noted that Ekiti State had earlier generated a list and sent to your good office which was generally acceptable to the party in Ekiti state whereby all leaders and stakeholders’ interests were accommodated. We stand by that list.
“We state with all sense of responsibility that ex-governor Fayose cannot deliver victory for us in PDP in Ekiti State. That was exactly what he did prior to the governorship election which cost our party the desired victory.
“Once beaten is twice shy. We must be wary of continued failure when God has given us victory. Ayo Fayose is still promoting and projecting his personal selfish agenda in Ekiti State which is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. A word is enough for us the wise.”
The PDP lawmakers who signed the letter include Adewunmi, Omodara Olaposi, Badejo Anifowose, Musa Arogundade, Olayode Omotosho, Titilayo Akerele, Cecilia Dada, Afolabi Akanni, Ojo-Ade Fajana, Olayanju Olanrewaju, Adewale Ayeni and Temitope Fasanmi.