Senator representing the southern senatorial district of Ekiti, Biodun Olujimi justified the appearance of factional chairmen in the state branch of the Ekiti Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Globalgistng Online the findings showed that parallel congresses were held over the weekend in the state, where former member of the Ekiti state house of Assembly, Bisi Kolawole and Kehinde Odebunmi appeared as chairmen.
Further checks revealed that Honourable Kolawole was the candidate of the former Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, while Mr Odebunmi was backed by Senator Olujimi for the same position.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, Senator Olujimi said those against the imposition of party chairman by Ayo Fayose decided to conduct a parallel congress last weekend.
She said: “I take it as a great compliment that I’m leading a faction of a political party against a former governor in a cosmopolitan state like Ekiti.
“The truth of the matter is that I did not choose to lead a faction. Some people came together and said that they were against a particular way of handling the party. They were against violence, imposition, impunity and all forms that went against democratic tenets of the management of a political party especially as it has been exhibited severally in Ekiti State. Those who came together said they need a face to the movement, that is how I became the face of the movement.
I am not the only one. It is a collection of leaders of the PDP of which so many people are part of, including Senator Duro Faseyi and 12 other leaders.”