Daily Metro News NG, Ado Ekiti
A member of the National Assembly, representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, Senator Biodun Olujimi, on Sunday has alleged that the former Ekiti State Governor, HE, Ayodele Fayose’s camp was trying to take advantage of her gender to sideline her from the management team of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State.
Sen. Olujimi, who opined that leadership could only be earned and not served a la carte, she dismissed allegations that she was trying to take over the party’s leadership from Fayose, as she clarified that she was only prevailed upon by some concerned PDP members to provide leadership that was lacking in Ekiti PDP.
The senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, in a media briefing in Ado Ekiti, said that “What happened was that some people came together and said they wanted 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.”
Olujimi, spoke in reaction to a statement credited to Lere Olayinka, Fayose’s media aide, expressed surprise that a two-term governor could be preoccupied with wrestling powers with a senator,
“The bottom line is that if you have done well, you won’t need to wrestle at all,” she added.
Olayinka had, in a statement on Olujimi, said, “We don’t have time for a loser who is being used by APC to destabilise the Ekiti PDP. If she wants to leave PDP, she can leave. She has the right to ventilate her frustration having failed to take over PDP so that she can become the party flag bearer in 2022”.
Sen. Olujimi, said nothing precluded her from participating in the governorship election in the state, added that, “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 concluded.