By Chuks Ekpeneru
The crisis in the Ekiti State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) seems unending as former Senate Minority Leader Biodun Olujimi has vowed not to allow former Governor Ayodele Fayose drive her away from the party.
Addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, Senator Olujimi while accusing the former governor of plotting to smear her ‘soaring political relevance,’ chided him for losing the respect that he once commanded in the state.
She also accused Fayose of been behind rumours that she was planning to dump the PDP for the All Progressive Congress (APC) even as she said that she would not rule herself out of running for the 2022 governorship election on the platform of the PDP.
The senator said she remains a committed member of the PDP and would never dump the opposition party under any guise.
She further accused the former governor of been tyrannical and dictatorial in the management of Ekiti PDP.
She said: “I believe it is what we do that will make people believe in us. What happened is that some people came together and said they want a new leadership.
“I didn’t compel anyone. They came and said they needed a breath of fresh air, a new beginning and inclusiveness and then we started a movement, which gathered so much momentum to such an extent that they believe that we are eroding the ground upon which they, the former governor’s men, stand.
“I wonder why Fayose who was governor for eight years would be struggling to wrestling powers with ordinary Senator.
“The bottom line is that if you have done well, you won’t need to wrestle at all. Fayose that I worked with and I had great respect for? How did he lose it? He needs to answer that”.
She pledged support to defeat APC in 2022 through collective participation of every member of the party.
“For me, contrary to insinuation, I am wholly PDP through and through. They tried to brand me APC because I worked well with people, especially Mrs. Fayemi.
“We have met at different fora including the UN. I see her as a leading light on gender issues but I differ with her when it comes to issues of politics,” she stressed.
On the allegation she was scheming for the 2022 governorship, Olujimi said there was nothing that precludes her from participating in the governorship election of her state.
“Nothing at all. I have paid my dues and done what I am supposed to do in Ekiti.
“I am eminently qualified to participate. Don’t forget that I participated in the 2018 governorship election,” she said.