Damilola Aina, Abuja
Daily Courier – The immediate past deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Diran Odeyemi, has blamed Atiku Abubakar, Presidential candidate of the party and the national chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu for the woeful performance of the party in the just concluded Ekiti governorship election.
The party chieftain in a statement on Monday, June 20, accused PDP governors of refusing to campaign in support of the party’s candidate Mr. Bisi Kolawole, leaving him overwhelmed by the teeming members of the opposition party.
He said Ayu, PDP Governors including Atiku’s absence in Ekiti before the election to campaign for Kolawole before the poll, created negative perception problem and contributed significantly to the party’s poor outing in the election.
“Atiku, Ayu and PDP governors left the people of Ekiti, majority of whom support PDP in the cold. They looked up to these personalities but they never showed up before or during the poll.
“The National Campaign council constituted by Ayu was put in place just four days before the poll and no member of the committee showed up in the state whereas APC presidential candidate, Senator Bola Tinubu the entire NWC of APC and some Governors were in Ekiti campaigning for Biodun Oyebanji.
Nothing of such happened under Ayu-led PDP national working committee, this is sad.
According to him, after the loss of Ekiti, Ayu and Atiku, as well as other stakeholders in the PDP, should know that the fate of the main opposition party in the 2023 general election is tied to the outcome of Osun governorship election.
He challenged them to be committed to PDP winning Osun poll to save the party from extinction in 2023.
“Now that the chances of PDP retaining Ekiti has been thrown out by the Ayu-led national leadership of the PDP, we need to remind Atiku, Ayu, and other leaders of PDP that the fate of our party in 2023 election now rest on the outcome of Osun poll, they must do all want they can to ensure victory to our candidate Sen Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke,” Odeyemi declared.