A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Chief Ayo Omolade, said that former governor Segun Oni was capable of resolving the leadership tussle rocking the party in the state.
Omolade, in a statement titled, “Oni has all it takes to reconcile all aggrieved PDP members,” and made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti, said: “Resolution of the crisis in Ekiti PDP is underway.”
He expressed optimism that “Oni has what its takes to end the feud in the overall interest of the PDP.”
Omolade, who is a leader of Atunse Ekiti, said Oni, a former Vice National Chairman of the party, whom he described as “a man of peace”, had always prioritized unity among members with his eyes on party building ananstrategically repositioning PDP for the victory in the 2022 Ekiti governorship election.
The battle of wits between former governor Ayo Fayose and Senator Abiodun Olujimi had polarised the PDP in Ekiti.
The two camps recently held separate State Congresses, which produced two State Chairmen.
While the Fayose’s group proclaimed former House of Assembly member, Hon. Bisi Kolawole as chairman, the Olujimi’s caucus settled for a former member of the National Assembly, Hon. Kehinde Odebunmi.
He said “The crisis began before Oni returned to the party. But now that he is back, I am sure the crisis will be resolved and all aggrieved parties reconciled. The misunderstanding between former Governor Fayose and his former deputy, Senator Olujimi, and their supporters will be resolved.
“Oni is bothered by the situation which has polarized the party. His focus, like that of other genuine PDP members, is for the state to reclaim the party from the governing All Progressives Congress in the state and to achieve this, there is need for unity among members.
“Former Governor Oni will not handle resolution of the crisis with kid’s gloves. What is needed for the genuine resolution of the crisis in Ekiti PDP is the intervention of the leaders of the party. Chief Oni will champion it and that is top on his priority.”
The PDP chieftain, who said that the victory of the party in last Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State was a wake-up call for the PDP in Ondo and Ekiti states to unite and defeat the APC, said “Genuine reconciliation should not be compromised,” he said. (Daily Independent)