— On Tuesday, The Senate Minority Leader, Mrs Abiodun Olujimi, has said that the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State in the last governorship elections was only a temporary setback.
— She further encouraged all PDP members not to be dismayed, as the party would soon bounce back, and reclaim its political leadership and dominance.
Mrs Olujimi who is a former deputy governor and one-time member of the House of Representatives, currently represents Ekiti North Senatorial District.
Mrs Olujimi mentioned this to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, that internal wrangling among PDP members and manipulations by rivals accounted for the poor outing of the party in the state.
She, however, expressed optimism that the party would soon reclaim its leadership position as well as its dominance on the state’s political scene.
According to her, the PDP has put behind it the electoral loss and is determined to take over the state through democratic means in 2022.
Olujimi argued that that the APC-led government in the state had already failed to meet the expectations of the people.
“Whether you like it or not, PDP will bounce back. And we are also going to sweep everything next time around.
“PDP will bounce back, but we have sheathed our swords to rebuild the party. What is required of the party is to put its house in order and we have begun moves to reconcile aggrieved individuals within the party.
” Those that have left the party for greener pastures will soon return home because they were disenchanted. The internal crisis will soon be resolved very soon and efforts will be geared toward liberating Ekiti people from the shackles of penury and unemployment among others,’’ she mentioned.
She further encouraged fellow party members not be dismayed by the outcome of the polls but remain steadfast and committed. As she spoke about her past loss in the polls too.
“The exercise was not free, fair and credible, but characterised by electoral fraud. It was a day-light robbery as the electorate were driven away from polling booths.
” If it had been free, fair and devoid of rancour, I would have garnered more than the 54,000 votes,” she also said.