Ekiti PDP Settles Rift,  Reaffirms Fayose as Leader


  Fayemi plans recruitment of teachers

 Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti

The internal crisis rocking  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State  has  finally been  resolved , with the State Executive Council(SEC)  reaffirming former Governor Ayodele Fayose as the leader of the party in the state and also declaring the Chief Gboyega Oguntuase-led executive as the only recognised  executive  of the party in the state.

This is coming as the state government has disclosed that more teachers will be employed in March next year to fill vacancies that exist in public schools across the state.

The caucus meeting was called consequent upon the controversies over a meeting held on November 3, 2018 in which the Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, was pronounced as leader of the party and call was made for the dissolution of the state exco.

The  former Secretary of the party,  Tope  Aluko, who was the arrowhead of the controversial meeting, was at  the Saturday’s meeting.

Apart from Senator Olujimi, the six PDP National Assembly members – Senator representing Ekiti North, Duro Faseyi,  as well as House of Representatives members, Kehinde Agboola (Ekiti North I), Thaddeus Aina (Ekiti North II), Ayo Oladimeji (Ekiti Central I), Segun Adekola (Ekiti South I) and Akin Awodumila (Ekiti South II), among other party bigwigs.

In the communiqué signed by Prof.  Kolapo Olusola, Senator Faseyi, Hon. Kehinde Agboola, Chief Ademuwagun and Hon. Akinyele, the party declared total support for the presidential candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, saying that “members and supporters of the party in Ekiti State will work assiduously to win the 2019 general elections, most especially the presidential poll.”

The meeting declared  Aluko  a bonafide member of the party in the State and also directed that all members of the party that defected to other parties for one reason or the other and are willing to return to the party should be embraced and accorded their due recognition.

The meeting set up two committees to look into the party’s account and secretariat as well as House of Assembly matters. Hon. Oladimeji was appointed to chair the committee on party account and secretariat with Dr. TKO Aluko, Mrs Titi Owoseni and Chief Bola Olu-Ojo as members while Hon. Dare Omotosho will serve as Secretary.

Meanwhile, the State Deputy Governor, Chief  Bisi Egbeyemi, has disclosed that more teachers will be employed in March next year to fill vacancies that exist in public schools across the state.

Egbeyemi also explained that the Kayode Fayemi’s administration will invest more in agriculture to create jobs, reduce poverty and empower the citizenry.

According to a statement issued yesterday by his Special Assistant on Media, Odunayo Ogunmola, the Deputy Governor disclosed this while addressing the people of Egbe Ekiti in Gbonyin Local Government Area while on an inspection tour to public utilities.

Egbeyemi explained that the Fayemi administration will take care of all Ekiti people irrespective of their party affiliation in provision basic amenities like good roads, potable water, electricity and other infrastructure.

 “We will begin recruitment in the third month of next year, we will employ more teachers. The number of teachers we have now is no longer sufficient. We will recruit more to make up for the short fall of teachers as a result of retirement.”

Speaking on the government’s plan for Egbe Dam, Egbeyemi disclosed that machinery has been put in motion to power the dam in order to get water across to people of the town and its suburbs.

“We are going round Ekiti to visit abandoned projects, if you get to the dam here, it cost us million of naira, we are only left with the installation of a power generator that would power the dam.”