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How I made Fayose Ekiti Governor — Senator Olujimi

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Former Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, has revealed that the immediate past Governor Ayodele Fayose became Ekiti State governor both in his second term through her unforgettable roles.

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.

The former lawmaker who spoke through her spokesman, Chief Bunmi Olugbade in a telephone chat on Sunday with Our Correspondent stated that the former governor was initially denied entry into the party until she prevailed on the party hierarchy.

She disclosed that Fayose with 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.

Olujimi noted that 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 the she said was instrumental to his electoral victory in large proportion.

She said: “I played unforgettable role in Fayose emergence as Ekiti governor. 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 benefactor to each other. Although, I was nominated under him as the party’s candidate for Senate, before then I played a significant role in ensuring his emergence as the party flag bearer in the first and second term.

Speaking on the status of Ekiti People’s Democratic Party, Olujimi said the party is in disarray over who determines who get what, when and how in the party, saying the party is on autopilot.

The former Senate Minority Leader added that her plans to re-engineer the party from the temporary setbacks suffered in the last gubernatorial election were been frustrated by some clique, saying she would not rest on her oars in repositioning and bringing the party to political reckoning. (The Nation)

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