- Olujimi expresses determination to bring PDP back into reckoning.
- Says Claims by Fayose is a blatant lie.
Former Ekiti state deputy governor, Abiodun Olujimi has claimed to have helped immediate past governor, Ayodele Fayose emerged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate and eventually became the governor.
Olujimi, who is also a former Senate minority leader added that both parties were beneficial to each other but she played an unforgettable role during Fayose’s second term.
Speaking through her spokesman, Chief Bunmi Olugbade in a telephone chat with the Nation, Olujimi said if not for her influence and unalloyed support, Fayose would not have been allowed to participate in the PDP governorship primary election that produced him as the party flagbearer as he was initially denied entry into the party until she prevailed on the party hierarchy.
Speaking further, the former lawmaker pointed that Fayose with a retinue of his loyalist at different occasions came to beg her to help secure party ticket for his second term before she finally acceded to his request.
According to her, she played unforgettable roles in ensuring his emergence as the party flag bearer and victory at the poll by deploying her resources and mobilising the votes of the three senatorial districts, which she said was instrumental to his electoral victory in large proportion.
She said: “I helped Fayose back to the party. I was going to contest the governorship before he came. When he came, he could not come into the party, the party said no way; He came to me and said please, help, let’s work together. Let me come back into the party, if we win and then, you will determine what you want.
“But for him to now come out and say I made Olujimi this and that is a blatant falsehood.
“We are both benefactors to each other. Although I was nominated under him as party candidate for Senate. But before then I played a significant role in ensuring his emergence as the party flag bearer in the first and second term.
Speaking on Ekiti PDP, Olujimi pointed that the party is on autopilot and in disarray over who determines who get what, when and how it can be gotten.
Olujimi who lamented that her plans to re-engineer the party from the temporary setbacks suffered in the last gubernatorial election were been frustrated by some clique, said she would not rest on her oars towards repositioning and bringing the party to political reckoning.