BY GBENGA ARIYIBI
ADO EKITI — INDICATIONS yesterday emerged that aggrieved governorship aspirants in Ekiti State had begun to accept the emergence of the former governor of the state, Mr. Ayo Fayose as the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with one of them, Prince Dayo Adeyeye saying he had agreed to work with Fayose.
This came as PDP gave former Senator representing Ekiti North, Ayo Arise the task of reconciling all warring members of the party in Ekiti State ahead of the June 21, 2014 governorship election.
According to the agreement dated March 30, 2014 jointly signed by Fayose and Adeyeye and sent to President Goodluck Jonathan, they vowed to work for the success of the party by working as a team.
According to the statement in Ado Ekiti yesterday, by the spokesperson, Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, the two politicians agreed to forget their political differences and work for the victory of PDP in June 21 governorship election.
Terms of the agreement included that Adeyeye be given the ministerial slot allotted to the state at the pleasure of Mr. President.
It was equally agreed that Fayose would be given free hands to pick his deputy and other members of the executive.
The agreement read; “We, Mr. Ayo Fayose and Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who are principal players in the just concluded PDP primaries have come together to form a common front in the 2014 Ekiti State gubernatorial election. As a result, he (Prince Dayo Adeyeye) has agreed to accept Ekiti Ministerial appointment at the pleasure of Mr. President.
“I, Ayo Fayose, have no objection and plead with the president to accede to our request and please give same immediate effect to allow both of us move to the field together as a team. We also agreed to give Mr. Ayo Fayose free hand to pick his running mate due to its sensitivity, however, from the South senatorial district. We will both appreciate an immediate audience with Mr. President and the National Chairman on this and other related matters concerning the 2014 elections.”
Meanwhile, PDP has given former Senator representing Ekiti North, Ayo Arise the task of reconciling all warring members of the party in Ekiti State ahead of the June 21, 2014 governorship election.
Senator Arise, who confirmed this in a statement yesterday, said former Speaker of the old Ondo State, Hon. Femi Akinyemi, former member of the State House of Assembly, Bisi Kolawole, Chief Dele Okeya among others will serve in the committee.
He said, “we have been working to bring all aggrieved parties together in the interest of Ekiti State, its people and the PDP. Particularly, I have personally reached out to Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who is a major contender in the governorship race and I will also reach out to other aspirants.
“No doubt, the reconciliation effort is yielding results and in the next few days, the people of Ekiti State, especially PDP supporters will be informed on the level of grounds that have been covered. My concern as a loyal party man is that PDP must win Ekiti State and we won’t allow internal crisis to destroy our chance of returning to government in the state.