A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun state, Prince Diran Odeyemi, on Monday said the Presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar and the national chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu should be blamed for the below expectations performance of the party in the Ekiti governorship election.
Odeyemi, the immediate past deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, also declared that PDP governors chose to abandon teeming members of the opposition party in Ekiti state during the poll, as they refused to campaign in support in of the party’s Candidate Mr. Bisi Kolawole.
This was contained in a statement signed by Odeyemi and made available to newsmen in Osogbo.
According to him, after the loss of Ekiti, Ayu and Atiku, as well as other stakeholders in the PDP, should know that the fate of the main opposition party in the 2023 general election is tied to the outcome of Osun governorship election.
He challenged them to be committed to PDP winning Osun poll to save the party from extinction in 2023.
He said Ayu, PDP Governors including Atiku’s absence in Ekiti before the election to campaign for Kolawole before the poll, created negative perception problem and contributed significantly to the party’s poor outing in the election.
“Atiku, Ayu and PDP governors left the people of Ekiti, majority of whom support PDP in the cold. They looked up to these personalities but they never showed up before or during the poll.
“The National Campaign council constituted by Ayu was put in place just four days before the poll and no member of the committee showed up in the state whereas APC presidential candidate, Senator Bola Tinubu the entire NWC of APC and some Governors were in Ekiti campaigning for Biodun Oyebanji.Nothing of such happened under Ayu-led PDP national working committee, this is sad.
“Now that the chances of PDP retaining Ekiti has been thrown out by the Ayu-led national leadership of the PDP, we need to remind Atiku, Ayu, and other leaders of PDP that the fate of our party in 2023 election now rest on the outcome of Osun poll, they must do all want they can to ensure victory to our candidate Sen Nurudeen Ademola ADELEKE,” Odeyemi declared.