The Peoples Democratic Party’s five House of Representatives members from Ekiti State have expressed their confidence in the leadership of the Chief Gboyega Oguntuase-led State Working Committee (SWC) of the party.
They dissociated themselves from Saturday’s meeting of some stakeholders held at the instance of the Senate Minority Leader, Mrs Biodun Olujimi, which called for the dissolution of the SWC.
The House of Representatives members are:
Kehinde Agboola (Ekiti-North Federal Constituency I), Thaddeus Aina (Ekiti North II), Ayo Oladimeji (Ekiti Central I), Segun Adekola (Ekiti South I) and Akin Awodumila (Ekiti South II).
Stating their loyalty to the immediate past governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, the legislators said there was no leadership vacuum in the PDP in Ekiti State, advising those desperate for political leadership to wait for their time.
The members called on the Senate leadership to caution Olujimi against causing a crisis that could affect the party’s chances at the 2019 general elections.
In a statement signed on their behalf by Adekola, the caucus said they were not consulted before the meeting took place, adding that most of those who attended worked against the party in the July 14 governorship election.
“While we agree that individuals or groups have rights to hold meetings, we are miffed that Senator Olujimi is taking her selfish agenda of collapsing the party structures to the extreme.
“We were not consulted before the meeting was held and most of those who attended the meeting were those who worked against our party in the July 14 governorship election. Some of them were even governorship candidates of other parties, and collectively, they could not get up to 1,000 votes in the election.
“Also, leaders like Chief Bola Olu-Ojo, who attended the meeting innocently have started dissociating themselves from its outcome and by Saturday this week, a proper meeting of stakeholders will be held in the state,” the statement read.
It added, “Most importantly, is Senator Olujimi also claiming leadership of the PDP in the South-West since they said she was the highest-ranking elected official in Ekiti State and the South-West?
“We, therefore, call on our party’s members and supporters to disregard the meeting and its outcome, bearing in mind that it was a gathering of dissidents, most of whom contested the July 14 governorship election under other parties with some of them getting less than 200 votes.”