Despite defections, PDP still remains party to beat - Senator Olujimi


Senator representing Ekiti South at the National Assembly, Mrs Biodun Olujimi has expressed strong optimism, that the defections currently being suffered by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), would not affect its chances of winning elections.

The lawmaker said those who defected to other parties might have personal reasons for leaving, expressing hope that they would soon return to the umbrella fold.

Speaking to journalists in her office on Thursday, Olujimi, who was the Minority Leader of the 8th Senate, said, if those who left the party do not return, they would soon “fizzle into oblivion”.

She said, “This is election time and election times are always like this. People who believe that their interests cannot be saved here will want to move. But let me assure you, they will all come back, if they don’t come back, they will fizzle into oblivion.

“The truth is, the people on the other side also have enough people to take charge there. So whatever is happening, is happening because where people believe they have the upper hand, they go and wield it there and it doesn’t work that way”.

On the forthcoming party convention, Olujimi, who chairs the protocol subcommittee of the convention assured that going by the antecedents of various organs and stakeholders of the party, the exercise would help reposition the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

“We are working so hard to reposition our party ahead of the 2023 elections. And of course, there are other elections coming up before 2023. We need a strong party to be able to weigh through all the elections that are staring us in the face, and I know that the Governor’s Forum, the Board of Trustees (BoT) and the National Executive Committee (NEC), has been up and doing”.

Also speaking on the unending in-house crises rocking the PDP in her state, the former Deputy Governor of Ekiti said, hopefully, the national convention would address all issues.

She said, “It has been so tough for us to do. But I know that with the Convention, something has to be done. The NEC has effectively ceded its powers to the Convention Committee and I know that the Convention Committee, in having to put together all the elections and the congresses coming up in the various states, would have to attend to the problems of Ekiti, Osun and other states that have pending issues, and I believe that is where the resolution will come from”.

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