Hundreds of leaders and loyalists of the former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, Peoples Democratic Party have endorsed the senatorial candidate of the Ekiti South Progressive Congress, Yemi Adaramodu for the 2023 National Assembly election.
The adoption was a result of the rift in the PDP due to the crisis between Fayose and a member of the National Assembly, Senator Biodun Olujimi, who is the party’s candidate for the senatorial district.
PDP members from Ise/Orun and Emure local government areas of the state announced their decision to support the APC candidate for office at a meeting held in Ise Ekiti on Thursday.
They said it was time for Nigerians to start voting regardless of party affiliations.
The PDP Ekiti State Auditor, Arike Akintade, and the State Assistant Youth Leader, Usman Afolabi, said their action was based on their collective belief in Adaramodu’s competence, adding that anyone who disrespected Fayose, the PDP leader in the state, should stand up. . no optional attitude.
Afolabi said: “As a mark of unwavering loyalty, we endorse the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the two PDP House of Representatives candidates from our federal constituency, Mrs. Akomolafe Henrich and Mrs. Jennifer Emiola.
“We would only vote for PDP candidates who showed loyalty to the party in the last governorship election in Ekiti,” he said.
Also, former Chairman of Ise-Orun Council, Ropo Kolawole, said, “We are not ready to vote for someone who has not done anything tangible to improve the lot of the electorate after eight years in the Senate, so our votes will go. Hon. Adaramodu, who is currently in the House of Representatives. .
“We are doing well in our politics. Any political office that doesn’t do well should be voted out.
“Supporting APC’s Adaramodu is not an anti-party activity on our part, but a vote of confidence in his leadership and performance.”
The PDP chairmen of Ise/Orun and Emure local government areas, Gbenga Ojuawo and Banji Adeleke respectively, who spoke on behalf of the ward chairmen, said the meeting was to inform party leaders and members of their decision to vote for Adaramodu in the next election.
Ojuawo and Adeleke said they could no longer vote for someone who had no respect for them or the party leadership, adding that they decided to support Adaramodu, who would pay dividends of democracy to the constituency.