The gulf within the Ekiti State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State widened on Saturday as the former governor Ayodele Fayose and Senator Biodun Olujimi inaugurated parallel ward executives.
The duo had been at each loggerheads over the leadership of the Ekiti PDP which has for some time polarised the party into two dominant factions.
Fayose and Olujimi saw the emergence of the new party officials at the ward level an opportunity to capture the party machinery ahead of the 2022 gubernatorial election in the state.
While the Fayose-led PDP on Thursday inaugurated members of the PDP ward EXCO in 155 out of the 177 wards in Ekiti State with the swearing-in supervised by a notary public, Niyi Idowu, the Senator Biodun Olujimi-led group inaugurated its parallel ward excos on Friday in the presence of party elders.
The Fayose group predicated its action on a letter dated April 25 from the National Working Committee addressed to the state PDP Chairman, Chief Gboyega Oguntuwase to inaugurate the new executive officers as stipulated the in the provisions of Section 65 of the party’s legal framework.
The NWC said the list sent was the approved authentic list for 155 out of the 177 wards after careful consideration of the report of the Electoral Committee and the Appeal Panel.
The PDP state Chairman, Oguntuase, refuse to conduct the inauguration excercise, claiming no directives were given to him from the party’s National Secretariat.
But the inauguration was supervised by the State party legal Adiser, Niyi Idowu allegedly on the instruction of Fayose.