- The leadership crisis in the southwest PDP is getting more sinister between the two visible players
- Aides to Governor Seyi Makinde and former governor Ayo Fayose bickered on Tuesday in a fresh series of face-off between their principals
- Reacting to the EFCC case against Fayose, Makinde's aide Dare Adeleke threatened that the former Ekiti governor would be jailed
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The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the leadership control in the southwest has taken a new mien.
In a fresh series of crisis, the aides of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state and former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, engaged in a verbal face-off as the feud between their principals intensified.
Governor Makinde is allegedly willing to take over the control of the opposition party, a move objected to by Fayose who is one of the veteran bigwigs of the party from the southwest.
While reacting to the proceedings of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)'s case against Fayose on Monday, October 5, Makinde’s aide, Dare Adeleke, said on social media that the former Ekiti governor would go to jail.
"You and your paymaster are bound for jail. No matter how you twisted (sic) the proceedings, he shall be jailed."
Fayose is facing an 11-count charge bordering on allegation of corruption, though he has been granted a N50 million bail by the court.
But in a swift rejoinder, Fayose's aide Lere Olayinka fired back at Adeleke, describing him as a sycophant dancing to the sentiment of his paymaster.
In a related development, Legit.ng reported that as the crisis in PDP took a new turn, Biodun Olujimi, former Senate minority leader, dusted off defection rumour.
Olujimi was said to have been planning to dump the opposition party for the All Progressives Congress (APC) because of ex-governor Fayose.
Addressing journalist on Sunday, August 9, in Ado-Ekiti, the PDP chieftain said she would not succumb to the campaign of calumny channelled against her "soaring political relevance" in Ekiti by the former governor.
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