Indications have emerged that some leaders in Ekiti State Peoples Democratic (PDP) have decided to shun the peace meeting being arranged by the leadership of the party in the South-West.
The parley arranged to resolve the crisis in the Ekiti State chapter of the party is scheduled for Monday in the residence of former Oyo State Governor Alao Akala.
The Post understands that the Ekiti PDP leaders are staying away to protest the choice of the mediator and the venue. They are said to be angry that no party leader from Ekiti was considered as worthy of serving as mediator in a matter involving the state. Their grouse,
The Post understands also includes the choice of venue as they do not understand why a meeting called to solve a problem in the state chapter would hold outside Ekiti.
The Ekiti PDP has has been divided into two major camps with Police Affairs Minister Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade rtd and former Governor Ayodele Fayose leading one faction while former Governor Segun Oni on the other leads the other faction.
While Olubolade’s favourites won all the seats at the March state congress, Oni’s supporters lost out and went on to form a parallel state executive . Although the parallel EXCO is not in existence again, the aggrieved members are yet to return to the mainstream of the party.
The proposed meeting is designed to ensure lasting peace and unity in the party that the PDP in the zone arranged the meeting at a neutral location and choice of neutral PDP leaders from another state as mediator.
“We learnt that they are calling for a meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State with former Governor Alao-Akala as the mediator, the question is, in what capacity will Alao-Akala be mediating in Ekiti issue?,” one source said. He said:
“We will not honour any meeting after all the concessions we have made to the other faction. When the Presidency asked for a list of people to be appointed into boards of agencies, the two chairmanship slots went to them.
The one we are supposed to hold was even given to one of their leaders as a mark of friendship they still went to court to challenge the outcome of the March congress,” he said.