- Senator Abiodun Olujimi has described the 2019 election in Ekiti state as day-light robbery
- The senator representing Ekiti north senatorial district, also described the PDP's defeat as a temporary setback
- She, however, expressed optimism that the party would soon reclaim its leadership position as well as its dominance in the state
Senate Minority Leader, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, on Tuesday, April 2 said that the defeat of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti state in the last general elections was a temporary setback.
According to her, the internal wrangling among PDP members and manipulations by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), accounted for the poor outing of the party in the state.
She, however, expressed optimism that the party would soon reclaim its leadership position as well as its dominance on the state’s political scene.
Olujimi, who was speaking to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, is a former deputy governor and one-time member of the House of Representatives.
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She said the PDP has put behind it the electoral loss and is determined to take over state through democratic means in 2022.
She argued that that the APC-led government in the state had already failed to meet the expectations of the people.
“Whether you like it or not, PDP will bounce back. And we are also going to sweep everything next time around. PDP will bounce back, but we have sheathe our swords to rebuild the party
“What is required of the party is to put its house in order and we have begun moves to reconcile aggrieved individuals within the party
“Those that have left the party for greener pastures will soon return home because they were disenchanted
“The internal crisis will soon be resolved very soon and efforts will be geared toward liberating Ekiti people from the shackles of penury and unemployment among others,’’ she said.
She urged party members not be dismayed by the outcome of the polls but remain steadfast and committed.
She further claimed that the 2019 election was fraught with irregularities.
“The exercise was not free, fair and credible, but characterised by electoral fraud. It was a day-light robbery as the electorate were driven away from polling booths,” she said.
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Meanwhile, the PDP has waded into the current scramble for leadership positions in the incoming 9th National Assembly.
The opposition party has encouraged its members to vie for the leadership positions in the federal legislative houses.
The party said its elected senators and members of the House of Representatives are constitutionally eligible and can seek election into any presiding office of both chambers of the National Assembly.
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