By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—THE immediate past Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ekiti State and a governorship aspirant, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi has warned that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, may lose the state if Governor Ayodele Fayose imposes his deputy, Dr Kolapo Olusola as the sole candidate for the 2018 governorship polls.
Ajayi said the pronouncement of Olusola as the sole candidate of the party by a group of people under the supervision of the Governor Fayose was alien to democratic principles and tenets which the party stands for.
He, however, insisted that there must be a free, fair, credible and transparent primary election from where the party’s flag bearer for the 2018 governorship election will emerge.
He said this in Ado-Ekiti while speaking as a guest at the commissioning of the campaign office of a fellow aspirant, Ambassador Dare Bejide.
Ajayi, who was one of the closest and most trusted aides of Fayose before the fall out said imposition of a governorship candidate could open way for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to grab power from PDP in the 2018 Ekiti election.
He said: “All PDP aspirants are all working together; that is the reason all of us should work together, I want to assure you that all aspirants in PDP minus the one that was adopted are working together.”
The former Attorney General said “impunity, imposition of candidates, lawlessness and recklessness by those who should know the rules in our party must stop. This was responsible for the loss of our party in the 2015 general elections.
“We don’t want our state to be taken over by APC; we don’t want impunity, imposition and lawlessness in our party again and that is why we are demanding a free and fair primary.”
Ajayi urged the PDP national leadership to intervene in Ekiti and other state chapters so that the party will not lose more leaders and members to other parties.
He explained that the PDP is yet to recover from the 2015 loss in many states of the federation where party members defected to APC to win governorship and legislative seats.
According to him: “Some of our leaders because of the power they wielded imposed their will on the people during the 2015 general elections and the party paid dearly for it.”