Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar distances self from Ekiti PDP faction crisis
A group rooting for Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential in 2023, has dissociated itself from the factional crisis rocking the party in Ekiti State.
The group tagged: ‘The Atiku Mobilisers’ (TAM), said it regrets the polarisation of Ekiti PDP into two factions, urging the Dr. Iyorchia Ayu-led National Working Committee to wade into the matter and bring the contending forces together.
A group of SWC members, loyal to Ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose, had on Monday elected one Alaba Agboola, a known protege of Senator Biodun Olujimi to replace the Ex-State Chairman of the party, Bisi Kolawole.
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In another meeting convened in Ado Ekiti by anti-Fayose forces in the SWC, Ex-Chairman of Ado Ekiti Local Government, Deji Ogunsakin was elected as a factional Chairman.
The internal squabbles in the party had largely been interpreted by the public to be a resonation of the crisis between Atiku and Rivers Governor and a known Fayose ally, Nyesom Wike.
But a communique issued after its meeting held in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday and signed by 22 members of the group, said neither the group nor its principal has anything to do with the internal crisis in Ekiti APC.
Prominent among the signatories are Ex-Assembly Speaker and Acting Governor, Tunji Odeyemi, Ex-Deputy Governor Sikiru Lawal, Ex-PDP State Chairmen, Makanjuola Ogundipe and Idowu Faleye, Ex-Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Modupe Alade, a Ex-Commissioner, Segun Akinwumi, among others.
The communique read, “Rising from today’s meeting, we observed with dismay the unhealthy political situation in our party, where two factions are rearing their ugly heads.
“We make bold to say that the unity of our party to deliver on its victory in 2023 is paramount to our group. To this end, our group is not in support of any of the factions presently constituted. More than before, our party needs peace in Ekiti State.
“We cannot encourage the factionalization of our party in this election year. We, therefore, resolved that the situation must be called to order.
“The NWC is hereby called to please intervene to douse the lingering tension.
“Our group believes such step would help to sustain the party, and assuage the feelings of the generality of our members in readiness for the 2023 general elections”, the leaders said.
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