The Elders caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti has confirmed former Governor Ayodele Fayose as the leader of the party in the state.
They dissociated themselves from the purported stakeholders meeting which had earlier declared the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi, as the party leader.
Rising from their meeting held in Ijesa-Isu, Ekiti, the elders, who expressed concerns about the various factional meetings held by members of the party, declared support for the Gboyega Oguntuase-led State Executive Committee.
The meeting was attended by a former deputy governor and chairman of the caucus, Paul Alabi; a former PDP state chairmen, Chief J. Ademuagun; Chief Bola Oluojo; Chief Idowu Faleye; Chief Idowu Odeyemi, Mrs. C. O. Adesoro and the incumbent PDP chairman, Gboyega Oguntuase.
In a communique signed by Alabi (chairman) and Olu-Ojo (Secretary), the elders urged members of the party to resolve their differences and work for the victory of the PDP in the presidential election.
It read, “The caucus noted with concern the division in the state House of Assembly and decided to wade in immediately, to bring about unity among the PDP assembly members.
“The primary objective is how to galvanise all our members to work hard for the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to win the 2019 Presidential Election and for our members to win their various elections.”
Meanwhile, a group called the PDP Integrity Women in Politics has restated its support for Olujimi as the party’s leader in the state.
Citing Section 30 of the PDP’s constitution, the group’s spokesperson, Mrs Titi Oluwatuyi, in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti urged Olujimi to as a matter of urgency raise a reconciliation committee that would foster unity among party members to achieve victory in 2019.
Oluwatuyi spoke just as the Publicity Secretary of the PDP Stakeholders’ Forum, Mr Gbenga Akinola, denied an allegation made by a pro-Fayose group that they were out to destabilise the party.