Ahead of tomorrow’s governorship election in Ekiti State, a division appears to have occurred in Labour Party, with one part supporting the party’s candidate, Opeyemi Bamidele and another standing behind the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Ayo Fayose.
Sources revealed that the division came about following a meeting in which PDP asked the Labour Party to strike a deal with Fayose.
It was gathered that Bamidele and leaders of the PDP held a series of meetings in Abuja on Tuesday and Wednesday night, where a proposal for the withdrawal of the Labour Party candidate from the governorship race was tabled.
Sources revealed that the PDP had proposed that Bamidele withdraws from the race and declare support for Fayose, in return for further political benefits.
In the meeting, which had the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu and some government officials in attendance, the PDP proposed that if Bamidele agreed to the deal, Fayose would reserve offices for the Labour Party, if he won the election, while the LP candidate would also be supported for an elective office next year.
While Bamidele could not make up his mind over the deal, some of his supporters appeared to have embraced it, thereby causing a division in the party.
Those who supported the deal in Labour Party, it was learnt, had teamed up with Fayose for tomorrow’s poll.
PDP members said this development had given the party a further boost in Iyin, Emure, Ado-Ekiti, Ifaki, Ilawe and some other local governments, where the Labour Party had sizeable followership.
Friday, 20 June 2014