A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction in Ekiti State loyal to Senator Biodun Olujimi has restated its adoption of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as the party’s Southwest zonal leader.
The faction stated this in Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti-East Local Government Area on Thursday at the distribution of working tools to some constituents sponsored by Olujimi.
Olujimi represents Ekiti South Senatorial District at the National Assembly.
Materials distributed were 480 deep freezers, 250 sewing machines, 220 motorcycles, carrier machines, solar panels, 250 drying machines, 220 laptops, six carry-go tricycles, and cash.
The state PDP factional chairman, Mr Kehinde Odebunmi, was among the dignitaries at the event.
The PDP faction described as an “empty threat” an alleged declaration by a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, that Makinde should not visit Ekiti, urging the Oyo State governor to ignore such threat.
Senator Olujimi, in her remarks, at the presentation of the working tools, said the empowerment gesture was part of the efforts toward entrenching the dividend of democracy in the district.
She maintained that Makinde remained the indisputable leader of the party in the Southwest zone and free to visit Ekiti at will.
“I thank all of you for adopting Governor Makinde as the leader of the party in the Southwest.
“That was what we did when Ayodele Fayose was the only 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 South-West.
“He is not the only leader and former governor, there are many.
“So, Governor Makinde was adopted, because he is a decent, understanding and knowledgeable person.
“The Southwest NASS caucus had adopted him.
“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,” she said.