- The crisis rocking the southwest caucus of the PDP is yet to abate
- Fayose had asked Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state to steer clear of Ekiti PDP
- But Senator Biodun Olujimi in her reaction described Fayose's statement as an empty threat
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As the leadership crisis rocking the southwest caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), continued to gather momentum, Senator Biodun Olujimi-led faction of the party in Ekiti state has adopted Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde, as the party’s zonal leader.
Vanguard reports that the PDP leaders in the state also urged Makinde to ignore the alleged his declaration as persona-non-grata in the state by former governor Ayodele Fayose.
Legit.ng gathered that they described the declaration as an empty threat, coming from somebody who is struggling for relevance.
Fayose had warned Oyo governor to stay away from Ekiti PDP internal crisis.
Senator Olujimi spoke on Thursday, September 10, in Omuo Ekiti, Ekiti East local government area of the state while distributing empowerment materials to her constituents as part of the dividends of democracy.
Responding to the comment made by Fayose at the occasion attended by party leaders, including the state factional chairman, Kehinde Odebunmi, Olujimi said the Oyo state governor remains the indisputable leader of the southwest zone, who is free to visit Ekiti at will.
She said: “I thank all of you for adopting governor Seyi Makinde as the leader of the party in the southwest. That was what we did when Governor Ayodele Fayose was the sole governor in the zone.
“Former governor Fayose is a leader of the PDP and one of the many of the PDP leaders that we have in the southwest. He is not the only leader and former governors, there were many. So, governor Makinde was adopted, because he is a decent, understanding and knowledgeable person.
"The southwest NASS caucus had adopted him. I heard Fayose said the caretaker in the zone has not been allowed to function, why should he say that? Because he too had strangulated the caretaker committee we have in Ekiti.
“What has Makinde done? He said we should wait and resolve this crisis before conducting the congresses because no individual can run Ekiti and deliver. Let me say this, Governor Seyi Makinde is welcomed in Ekiti anytime. He should even come now so that we can celebrate him. Fayose’s comment was just an empty threat.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Fayose warned Governor Seyi Makinde against tampering with the leadership structure in Ekiti.
It was reported that Fayose said he was ready to fight anyone who wants to take over the structure of the party in the state from him.
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