Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
Ahead of the July 14 poll, the senator representing Ekiti South senatorial zone, Senator Biodun Olujimi, has demanded for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial ticket in the 2019 general election to be conceded to her, as a condition for supporting the party’s candidate, Professor Kolapo Eleka.
In a letter dated May 30, 2018 and addressed to the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, Olujimi, who is also a former deputy governor of the state is also demanding for an overhaul of the PDP governorship campaign team in Ekiti to accommodate her supporters, as well as immediate reconciliation between her and Eleka
The letter titled; “Towards the electoral victory of Professor Kolapo Olubunmi Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party at the July 14, 2018 gubernatorial election,” was signed by the Coordinator of the “ Biodun Olujimi Team” , Olubunmi Olugbade and 30 others.
Olujimi, a PDP governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, had stepped down for former Minister of State for Works, Dayo Adeyeye, in the run-up to the party’s gubernatorial primary. However, Adeyeye was defeated by Eleka who is the incumbent deputy governor of the state.
In the aftermath of the primary, the former minister defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), while Olujimi and her supporters said they will remain in the PDP.
In the former deputy governor’s letter to the PDP chairman, she is also demanding for the sharing of all elective positions, federal and state appointments across all the wards in Ekiti PDP between her camp and the Eleka group on a percentage to be agreed upon by both groups.
“It could be dangerous for us to remain in the PDP passively without active participation in the campaign activities and strategies for our party’s victory during the governorship election on 14th July, 2018, particularly in the face of very stiff opposition from the APC, which is coming with a revenge and federal might…,” the letter read in part.
All efforts to reach the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, for comments were unsuccessful as calls to his mobile line was unreachable.