No crisis in South-West PDP, says Sen. Tofowomo.

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By Aderemi Bamgbose
Okitipupa (Ondo State), Jan. 20, 2021 A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Nicholas Tofowomo, on Wednesday debunked the allegation that there was crisis in the South-West zone of the party.

Tofowomo, representing Ondo South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, told journalists on telephone that what people assumed as crisis in the party was because of the South-West chairmanship election.

He said that the inability to honour an agreement made for Eddy Olafeso to retain his position as the National Vice-Chairman of PDP in the South-West was causing the brouhaha.

The PDP chieftain said that an agreement was reached by party executive members that Olafeso would retain his position if he lost out in the Ondo 2020 governorship primaries which he later lost to Eyitayo Jegede.

Tofowomo added that the feud between Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose was all politics and political rivalry about the South-West Chairmanship election agreed to be seeded to Olafeso.

“Olafeso left the position to contest the Ondo governnorship primaries which, he later lost to Jegede, but it was agreed that if he loses, he will retain his position.

“But Gov. Makinde as the leader of the party in the South-West did not want to honour that agreement and that was the reason for the feud between him, Fayose and their supporters.

“That does not mean there is crisis in South-West PDP as being widely circulated, it’s all about politics and political rivalry because of the election, but after the election everybody will embrace themselves and come together again,” he said.

Tofowomo, however, predicted success for Olafeso in the election which date had yet-to-be-fixed in February, saying that he would support him with everything to ensure he won the election.

He said his reasons for supporting Olafeso was because he hailed from Ondo South and that he coordinated and piloted the affairs of PDP well during his first tenure as the PDP chairman, South-West.

“I am supporting Olafeso with everything I have for him to win the election because he hailed from Ondo South and because he cordinated and piloted the affairs of PDP well during his first tenure.

“I am assuring you that Olafeso will win the election because the South-West have six states, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Osun and if he wins in four states, automatically, he has won,” Tofowomo said.

He, however, urged members of the party to vote according to their conscience in the forthcoming election, saying that the party would come out stronger.

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