- The warring parties in the Ekiti chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have buried their hatchets
- Former governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose and Senator Abiodun Olujimi's camps have been at loggerheads for the past three years
- The leaders, however, shunned their differences on Tuesday, March 9, and embraced peace ahead of the 2022 governorship election in the state
After years of the crisis rocking the Ekiti chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the major political actors in the state have agreed to sheath their swords and allow peace to reign in the interest of the party.
The Punch reports that the party had been polarised along the lines of loyalty to former governor Ayodele Fayose and Senator Biodun Olujimi.
Legit.ng gathered that the aggrieved leaders in a meeting on Tuesday, March 9, agreed to let go of past bitterness in the best interest of the party.
This was made known via a statement signed by Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Olayinka said the feuding party leaders took the decision to let peace reign after a recent meeting in Lagos.
He also listed party leaders who attended the peace meeting to include: Senator Duro Faseyi, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, Otunba Yinka Akerele, Tunji Odeyemi, Gboyega Oguntuase, Alhaji Lateef Ajijola, Deji Ogunsakin and Funmi Ogun.
"The two groups also resolved that the journey to lasting and genuine reconciliation of the two groups have begun and continual and in the light of the above, all party followers of the two groups are hereby requested to sheath their sword forthwith and desist from any attack on all the leaders in the party.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Fayose denied plans to attend a reconciliation meeting with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state on Friday, March 5.
It was reported that Fayose and Makinde have polarised the southwest PDP as a result of their differences.
Fayose and Makinde have been supporting different factions as they have nominated different men and women for party positions in the forthcoming zonal congress of the party in the southwest.
While reacting to reports that he would be attending a reconciliation meeting with Makinde, Fayose said he had no business with the so-called meeting.
The crisis between Fayose and Makinde started over the latter’s role in the Ekiti PDP crisis as well as the leadership of the party in the southwest.
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