Thursday August 11, 2022 6:37 PM

Atiku’s camp denies fuelling internal wranglings in PDP

A group campaign vigorously for Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential in 2023, has dissociated itself from the factional crisis facing the party in Ekiti State.

The group tagged: ‘The Atiku Mobilisers’ (TAM), said it regrets the polarisation of Ekiti PDP into two factions, calling on the Dr. Iyorchia Ayu-led National Working Committee to wade into the matter and bring the contending forces together.

It will be recalled that a group of SWC members, belonging n to former Governor Ayodele Fayose, had on Monday elected one Alaba Agboola, a known protege of Senator Biodun Olujimi to replace the former State Chairman of the party, Bisi Kolawole.

In a meeting, convened in Ado Ekiti by anti-Fayose forces in the SWC, former Chairman of Ado Ekiti Local Government, Deji Ogunsakin was elected as a factional Chairman.

The internal wranglings is attributed to the the crisis between Atiku and Rivers State Governor and a known Fayose ally, Nyesom Wike.

But a communique issued after its meeting held in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday and signed by 22 members of the group, said Atiku’s camp has nothing to do with the internal crisis in Ekiti APC.

The communique read, “Rising from today’s meeting, we observed with dismay the unhealthy political situation in our party, where two factions are rearing their ugly heads.

“We make bold to say that the unity of our party to deliver on its victory in 2023 is paramount to our group. To this end, our group is not in support of any of the factions presently constituted. More than before, our party needs peace in Ekiti State.

“We cannot encourage the factionalization of our party in this election year. We, therefore, resolved that the situation must be called to order.

“The NWC is hereby called to please intervene to douse the lingering tension.

“Our group believes such step would help to sustain the party, and assuage the feelings of the generality of our members in readiness for the 2023 general elections”, the leaders said.

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