Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has declared his support for his former Deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, to unseat Senator Abiodun Olujimi as the representative of Ekiti South Senatorial District in 2023.
Olusola-Eleka was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2018 election in Ekiti State.
Fayose refused to back him for the governorship election in the state this year, but rather supported Olabisi Kolawole, who has been put on the ballot by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
However, on Friday, Fayose declared his support for Olusola-Eleka for Ekiti South Senatorial District.
He said this was not to spite Olujimi, but to give the people of Ikere in the Senatorial District a chance to be represented.
Fayose, who made this declaration during a town hall meeting with PDP stakeholders in Ise/Orun Local Government Area, said the endorsement of Olusola-Eleka will also not prevent other members of the party from contesting the party’s primary election.
He said: “The endorsement of Eleka is in the interest of the PDP and it will not shut the door against anyone.
“It is our position that Ikere Ekiti, being the second largest town in the State, cannot be left bare in the scheme of things.
“Therefore, Senator Biodun Olujimi, the present occupier of the seat, should see this decision beyond the personal ambition of any individual.
“More so that she has benefitted immensely from the party by going to the House of Representatives and Senate for two terms.”