Ex-Gov Fayose, Senator Olujimi rift deepens as Atiku takes campaign to Ekiti today

Ex-Gov Fayose, Senator Olujimi rift deepens as Atiku takes campaign to Ekiti today

As Atiku-Okowa presidential campaign rally train will be landing in Ekiti State today, there are fears that the crisis rocking the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be deepened.

According to The Nation, part of the mission of the Atiku campaign train to the state will be to resolve the crisis, which is between the camp loyal to former governor of the state, Ayo Fayose, and the one loyal to senator representing Ekiti South, Mrs. Biodun Olujimi.

But the Atiku’s visit may further compound the crisis as Fayose and his camp are loyal to the G-5 governors led by the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, who have sworn never to support the presidential campaign of the former vice-president.

The governors in the G-5 group are: Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu).

The governors are insisting on the removal of the PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, as a pre-condition to support Atiku’s bid, a demand the PDP candidate has vehemently rejected.

Fayose is campaigning for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Ekiti South, Mr. Yemi Adaramodu, against Senator Olujimi, who is re-contesting the seat on the platform of the PDP.

Credible PDP sources in Ekiti State told The Nation on phone yesterday that the rift between Fayose and Olujimi may also compound matters for Atiku while in Ekiti.

One of the sources said Fayose has been unrelenting in his campaign for power shift to the South, as being canvassed by the G-5 governors.

The source said: “Fayose has openly been campaigning for the APC senatorial candidate for Ekiti South, Yemi Adaramodu, against PDP’s Biodun Olujimi who is seeking to retain the seat.

“Don’t forget that Olujimi is a leading figure in the Atiku camp in Ekiti PDP. But the ex-Ekiti governor’s alliance with the G-5 and his campaign for power shift to the South may sway his camp against Atiku during the rally.”

Another party source expressed apprehension over possible clash between the Fayose and Olujimi camps at the Parapo Pavilion designated venue of the rally.

A notice for the rally, issued yesterday by the Director of Field Operations of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Umar Bature, indicated that the rally will start at 10 a.m.

The notice enjoined PDP leaders and members in Ekiti to mobilise supporters from across the wards and local governments to the rally.

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