Ekiti PDP: Fayose group reacts as Olujimi faction heads to S’Court


Abiodun Nejo

The Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party faction loyal to Senator Biodun Olujimi on Saturday resolved to approach the Supreme Court over the ward congresses of the party which held in March 2020.

The faction, rising from a meeting in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, stated that “after extensive deliberation, considering the pros and cons, the appellate court judgment on the matter should be appealed at the Supreme Court,  where it is believed that justice will be manifestly done.”

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the state factional Publicity Secretary, Sanya Adesua, the party praised its members “for their steadfastness and belief in the eventual triumph of justice over injustice and truth over falsehood”.

The communiqué was titled, ‘The resolutions of the Ekiti State PDP under the chairmanship of Hon Kehinde Odebunmi.”

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The Appeal Court had on Wednesday upheld the lower court’s judgment that the matter was an internal affair of the party and by implication, approved the congresses conducted by the pro-Ayodele Fayose faction of the party.

The pro-Olujimi group is seeking an order of the court restraining the PDP National Working Committee from announcing, publishing, and recognising any list as a result of election of the ward executives and three ad-hoc delegates held on March 7, 2020.

They had also sought an order of the court restraining the party from acting on, or making use of the names of winners of the congresses for the purpose of the local government, state and zonal congresses.

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The group, at the Saturday meeting, resolved that “the State Working Committee under the leadership of Hon Kehinde Odebunmi should be sustained and encouraged to go ahead with the running of the party in Ekiti.”

“All governorship aspirants are encouraged to go ahead with their consultation and mobilisation of the generality of Ekiti people, who are anxiously waiting for a PDP governor in 2022. However, such sensitisation must be devoid of rancour,” the communique stated.

But the chairman of the Ekiti State PDP loyal to Fayose, Bisi Kolawole, said although the pro-Olujimi group had the right to appeal, “the peace process is on and nothing will disrupt it. We are confident the peace process will yield fruit”.

Kolawole said, “The decision to appeal is not the position of Repositioning (the pro-Olujimi group), it is likely to be the faction of Olujimi that is thinking about it.

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“I know what it took me to talk our leader, Fayose, into the peace move that is on. Whoever is trying to thwart it is obviously an enemy of progress.

“The peace move is on and well-meaning people within Repositioning are involved. We are making progress. Whoever has come up with that must have a different agenda,” the PDP chairman said.

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