Amidst Crisis, Fayose Inaugurates Atiku/Obi South-West Campaign Council
Former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, is currently inaugurating the Atiku/Obi South West Presidential Campaign Council in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, despite a petition before the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop formation of the council.
Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi, who represents Ekiti South constituency, had earlier petitioned PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus, seeking dissolution and reconstitution of the council because Fayose allegedly failed to follow due process in constituting the council.
Recall that the former Ekiti State governor was last year named the South West coordinator of the Atiku/Obi presidential campaign.
In her petition, Olujimi had accused the former governor of hijacking the council and “injecting his cronies in all strategic positions with the sinister intention to sideline other members of the party”.
The Senator also accused the former governor of replacing original members of the Atiku/Obi Campaign Council with his acquaintances.
Olujimi wrote, “The original composition had Prof Olusola Kolapo as the chairman; Otunba Yinka Akerele as Director General and Chief Sanya Atofarati as spokesperson/director of media among others while the position of secretary did not exist in the original composition by the national directorate.
“But the publication, which I am rejecting, has Prof Olusola as chairman: Chief Dipo Anisulowo as DG: Chief Gboyega Oguntuase as secretary’ Jackson Adebayo as spokesperson and Lere Olayinka as Director, Media and Publicity.
“It has become imperative to swiftly alert the National Campaign Council of our great party, PDP, and the general public to kindly disregard the misleading publication as to the actual composition of the Campaign Council. The purported publication is not only untrue but also contravenes the prescribed provisions of our Party’s guidelines and directive.
“It should be understood that this is another orchestrated plan of former Governor Ayo Fayose to convert the party’s resources and fortunes to his personal enterprise as usual.
“He did it during the last governorship election and our party paid dearly for it in spite of my advice, warnings and outcry. Once beaten is twice shy.
“That if he (Mr Ayo Fayose) fails to comply with the above, we shall be left with no other option than to take appropriate actions that will reflect the wish of the people as agreed in the meeting of the Campaign Council at the PDP State Secretariat and Chaired by Prof. Olubunmi Olusola Eleka the Campaign Council Chairman on 28 December, 2018,” she said.