In what can be seen as a coup, some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Saturday appointed the Senator representing Ekiti South, Mrs Biodun Olujimi, because the chief of the party in Ekiti State and the South-West.
In the identical way, the stakeholders surpassed a vote of no-self belief on the Chief Gboyega Oguntuase-led State Working Committee of the party in Ekiti, calling at the National Chairman of the party, Chief Uche Secondus, to dissolve the executive and set up a caretaker committee to pilot the party’s affairs.
There was ominous signal of crisis within the PDP on Thursday, when some party participants stormed the party secretariat in Ado Ekiti and locked it up, which signaled that they now not had self belief in the party management in the nation.
The stakeholders said they determined to call for the disbandment of the State executive because of alleged monetary recklessness being exhibited by using the SWC.
In a communiqué signed at the end of the stakeholders’ meeting held in Ado Ekiti on Saturday, the party stated it took the decision to install Olujimi as leader considering the fact that she is the most pinnacle-ranking elected professional within the state and the Southwest.
The decision, signed and examine by using the Protem Secretary of the PDP Stakeholders and former Assembly member, Hon Bunmi Olugbade, additionally overruled the SWC at the suspension of former State Secretary of the party, Dr. Tope Aluko , announcing he stays a bonafide member of the party.
The leaders also resolved to again the candidacy of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and different applicants in Ekiti to win the 2019 elections.
It said: “We are poised to reposition and return the PDP returned to the people and consequently call on the party leadership to represent an impartial committee to look into the affairs of the party in Ekiti kingdom as a way to repositioning the party for the 2019 elections.
“that there’s an pressing want for reconciliation and the panacea for genuine reconciliation is the on the spot dissolution of the existing state running committee of the PDP and a constitution of caretaker committee.
“that we respect the efforts of Dr. Aluko in discovering and detecting the illegal and suspicious withdrawals with the aid of contributors of the SWC and hereby urge Senator Olujimi to liaise with the national working committee to freeze the party’s account in Ekiti with instantaneous effect.
“That Senator Olujimi must represent Advisory committee in all the sixteen local governments to midwife reconciliation and additionally Finance to strategise and mobilise price range for the party.
“That we attraction to our participants who’re aggrieved or sitting at the fence to come back back to the celebration. Again, we stand through our party national exco , our presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku , the various candidates in Ekiti State and promise to vote for them considerably,” it concluded.
Senator Olujimi stated ex-Governor Ayo Fayose was excluded from the assembly due to the fact he had simply been released from detention by means of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged economic fraud.
“We knew what he might have surpassed through by way of staying in detention and we understand it won’t be clean for him to attend this assembly, so there’s no faction at all in our party. My being appointed the Leader does now not imply there may be crisis.
“The very day he left office become the day he changed into summoned by way of EFCC and we knew the rigour he had handed through”, she added.
She introduced in addition: “We are going to paintings together, I imply with former governor Fayose. What we are doing is that, we don’t want to permit his exit from workplace to mean the stop of PDP in Ekiti.
“So, permit me assure our supporters that we’re at the same page with former Governor Fayose and other stakeholders. We are not factionalised and we shall work tough and ensure will win in next yr’s election,” she stated.