Olujimi tasks PDP leaders on reconciliation
Cautions Fayose against cursing perceived opponent of anointed candidate
The lawmaker representing Ekiti South Senatorial District at the Senate, Chief Biodun Olujimi, at the weekend, urged the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take urgent steps to reconcile all contending caucuses and groups in the state chapter of the party or forget winning 2022 governorship of the state.
Olujimi, who noted that the party has no luxury of time as parties participating in the governorship election ought to have conducted primary elections, warned that unless the leadership begins the process of reconciliation immediately after Sallah holidays, any attempt to delay further might rob the party of winning the election.
The former Senate Minority Leader spoke in Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti East Local Council while distributing fertilisers and herbicides to farmers in Ekiti South Senatorial District, as well as commissioning blocks of classrooms, saying that the PDP national leadership was aware of the importance of reconciling the factions of the party ahead of the 2022 poll.
She, however, cautioned the former governor of the state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, against placing curses on the perceived opponent of his anointed candidate, Mr. Bisi Kolawole, saying that such action was not only unacceptable, but also condemnable.
“For me, this is unacceptable. You can’t curse any one because the business of politics needs peace and friendship. Let us even agree without conceding that his candidate emerges, will he not need the support of those he has cursed.
“The language of leadership should be peace, love and reconciliation, because political parties operate open door policy. In other words, you are free to join and you are free to leave.”
“There is no doubt that time is running out for PDP in Ekiti. I believe that we should explore peaceful avenue before we embark on any extraneous steps. Immediately after the Ramadan holidays, the party leadership must sit down and look at all the issues and resolve them amicably. Failure to do so will not be palatable for the party and I am sure the party is aware of this.
“If they don’t do that after the Sallah, we intend to let them know that if we don’t do the needful, the party may not be able to focus on the task ahead and we don’t want the PDP to be out of the picture in 2022. What is on ground if not well resolved, can take the PDP out of the 2022 calculation. And we need to guide against it.
“We have to be nice to each other and ensure that there is peace. I am sure that the former governor must have looked back and know that it was not proper and be ready to make amend,” she said.
Olujimi urged the farmers not to sell the fertilisers, but rather use them to boost food production and reduce the suffering of the people in the state.
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