Former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose and others issuing a threat against Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has been described as ‘political jobbers’ by a member of the 9th National Assembly, Sen. Biodun Olujimi.
Naija News understands that Olujimi’s reaction was coming after Fayose and some other members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State warned Governor Makinde against interfering with local politics in the state.
Fayose, when he led the National delegates of Peoples Democratic Party including council chairmen of the party in Osun, Ekiti, Lagos to Abeokuta on Wednesday, September 9 stated that Makinde has no right to meddle with local politics in the South-West, Naija News reports.
However, Olujimi, a senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, who spoke in Ado Ekiti at a meeting of her faction of the PDP, described Fayose, including his collaborators as ‘political jobbers’ and asked Makinde to ignore their threats. She further alleged that Fayose’s stance is a plan to sabotage Makinde’s stand on the truth in the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State.
She described Makinde as the party’s leader in the South-West geo-political zone, urged the governor to discountenance moves against him, but continue with his quest “to reposition, galvanise and salvage the party from the brinks of collapse”.
“Makinde is the symbol of the party in the South-West. So, anything that must come from the zone must come through. Fayose and his conspirators’ visit to Uche Secondus was nothing but a recreational. I can take anybody to the National Secretariat of the party and we take pictures,” Olujimi said.
She added, “What is important is what was said. While they were there nothing could have been said. We stand by Makinde because nobody can rubbish him and wish him away. This is the best time South-West Zone needs the governor most when ‘hijackers’ are trying to undermine the party’s structure through egregious conspiracy.”
On his part, PDP State Factional Chairman, Kehinde Odebunmi, who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders, said, “the party had resolved to give Makinde all the needed support towards bringing South-West PDP out of political oblivion”, hence their nod for him “to continue with his resolve to build a strong and united PDP in the zone.”