Contrary to the widely reported opposition against the return of former Ekiti State Governor Segun Oni to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by former Governor Ayo Fayose, the party’s caretaker committee in the state has revealed that the two former governors were interested in the peace and progress of the party in Ekiti.
Speaking during a chat with journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Committee Chairman, Hosea Agboola, disclosed that while demonstrating his commitment to peace and progress of the party, Fayose also offered to provide the Committee with contacts of all aggrieved stakeholders and former members of the party.
He described Fayose and Oni as best of friends who were committed to the success of the party in the 2022 Governorship Election.
Fayose was recently quoted to have said that Oni and his supporters were attention seekers rather than being assets to the PDP in Ekiti .
Relaying the committee’s experience with Fayose at his private residence in Lagos, the caretaker chairman disclosed that Fayose advised the committee not to leave any stone unturned in their assignment by ensuring that all frayed nerves were calmed.
“Not everything said by politicians during a crisis should be taken as the true position of things. There are certain things we called political gimmicks. I am even surprised that when we met Fayose, he was the one who suggested that we see Segun Oni and other aggrieved leaders of the PDP,” Agboola said.
Speaking further Agboola said: “Fayose even promised to supply us with the contacts of the aggrieved leaders of the party.
Agboola said the Committee would work hard in the pursuit of its peace mission to bring back former Minister of Works, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye and others who left the party in the state.
“The fact that former Governor Segun Oni has just rejoined the PDP is the greatest achievement of this committee.
“We are going to reach out to former Minister of Works, Dayo Adeyeye and others who left before the July 14, 2018 governorship election and bring them back to the party.
“We will never be partial because our mandate and terms of reference are to bring the all factions within the party together. We are to bring those who are aggrieved together to be one family so that we can return to how we were in 2002 when former Governor Fayose was contested and won election in Ekiti. We are here to bring the family together and makes everybody be on the same page.”
On the steps taken so far in mending fences beteeen Fayose and Senator Biodun Olujimi, who have been embroiled in crisis, Agboola said the trouble shooting mission is yielding good results.
“This Committee was set up without bias. We have visited Governor Fayose, Senators Olujimi and Duro Faseyi and what all of them were pushing for are peace and unity, nothing more.
“We were surprised about what Senator Olujimi said. She said she won’t allow the ruling party to continually harass Fayose and accuse her of corruption. If she had hated him that much, would she have said that?”
About the legal action instituted against the party on the contentious ward executive, Agboola added: “We are reaching out to those who instituted the court action on how to bring them together and resolve the issue.”
He said the position of the NWC would soon be communicated to the party about the ward Congress, saying: “We are going to conduct future elections under the atmosphere of peace. We are not anticipating any problem.
“The party belongs to all the party members, not anyone from the ward to the national level. Whoever wants to come is welcome. PDP is a brand. It remains the only party where you can contest without belonging to any clique or godfather.”