Loyalists of former Governor Ayodele Fayose within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti South Senatorial District have expressed their commitment to support the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Hon. Yemi Adaramodu, in the upcoming National Assembly election on Saturday, February 25, 2023.

Members of the PDP, known as Fayose’s Osoko Political Assembly, cited their decision to support Hon. Yemi Adaramodu from the APC, alleging that the PDP candidate and Senator representing the Southern Senatorial District of Ekiti, Senator Biodun Olujimi, failed to actively support the party during the last gubernatorial election in the state.

PDP members from the six councils in the district, including State Executive Committee members, House of Assembly candidates, ward/local government chairmen, former House of Assembly members, and former political office holders, conveyed their support for the APC candidate during a campaign rally in Ise Ekiti. They encouraged PDP members to cast their senatorial vote for the APC candidate.

Dare Pelemo, a former House of Assembly member, who said the campaign rally, which would be held in the six councils areas, was to sensitise party members on the need to vote for Adaramodu in the senatorial election, saying, “We in Osoko (Fayose) group are not going to vote for Senator Biodun Olujimi because she has not done well for our senatorial district, our communities and for us as a people.

“We are here to tell our people who to vote for. Our leaders have agreed that we should vote for Yemi Adaramodu, the APC candidate for the Senate. It is not about party, it is about interest. It is better to vote for a person who can do it very well, that is what our leaders have seen in the APC candidate,” Pelemo said.

PDP State Auditor, Mrs Arike Akintade, who said members of the Fayose group had begun mobilisation to ensure Adaramodu’s victory, harped on the need to “kick Olujimi out of the Senate because she has betrayed us, she has not done well in office. We are solidly behind Adaramodu and we will ensure he wins in the six local governments in the senatorial district”.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Ward Chairmen in Emure Council area, Banji Adeleke, said the February election would be payback time for Olujimi, who he accused of not having regard for people of the senatorial district in addition to having allegedly frustrated PDP governorship bids in 2018 and 2022.

Adeleke said, “If we let Olujimi return to the Senate, PDP will suffer for it again. That is why we resolved to work for Adaramodu to ensure his victory. We could see what Adaramodu did when he was Chief of Staff to Governor and a s a member of House of Representatives. We feel if we work for him to become senator, we in PDP will benefit from what he will do in our six local government areas”.

Former Secretary, Ekiti East Council, Akin Adeyemi, said that in addition to the Olujimi’s alleged betrayal of Fayose and PDP, “We are supporting Adaramodu based on the decision of our leader, Fayose. Fayose has foresight, he knows what will benefit the senatorial district and the whole state. For Fayose to decide that Adaramodu is fit to be the Senator for the Southern District despite being APC candidate, he has seen beyond everybody”.

“When Adaramodu was CoS, we all heard about him and what he has done in Ekiti State. He is a great man. So, our votes for him are for the right person. We remain in PDP and we will support other PDP candidates,” he said.

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