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A former National Assembly member representing Ekiti North senatorial district and Chairman of the Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ayo Arise, has described the emergence of Senator Gbenga Aluko as the consensus candidate of the PDP to counter Fayose’s emergence as medicine after death.
He said Fayose had already obtained the party’s certificate of return.
Speaking on telephone yesterday with journalists, Arise pointed out that “Initially, all the 13 aspirants wanted consensus but Fayose disagreed and we have to follow the party’s constitution. It was on this strength that we conducted the primaries, which Fayose won.
“The party must put all these behind and move forward for us to be victorious in the governorship election.”
He called on the aggrieved (PDP) governorship aspirants to put the interest of the party at heart and support the candidacy of Fayose for the June 21 governorship election.
Arise also declared that the reconciliation efforts he had been midwifing in the party towards consolidating ahead of the election between Fayose and the aggrieved aspirants was beginning to yield results, saying the party would move fast to pacify all the aspirants in the interest of the PDP.
He said he had brokered truce between Fayose and a leading governorship aspirant, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, saying the two had decided to work together in the interest of the party.
The former Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation, said he had been mandated by the party leaders to broker truce among the contending forces, so that the party could have a formidable posture to confront the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election.
According to him, â€œThe party is taking ultimate steps to appease the aggrieved aspirants. I have been mandated to broker peace among them in the interest of our party.
“It is on this strength that I started with Adeyeye, who is a leading aspirant. We need to quickly bring him back to the party fully.
“Starting the reconciliation with him does not in any way diminish the relevance of other aggrieved aspirants. We will reach out to all of them.
â€œOur goal is to win election for the PDP. I am not doing this for the former Governor Ayo Fayose but for the PDP. I am a party man and I have been given the mandate of bringing everybody on board and this we will achieve in the interest of peace.”
He maintained that since Fayose had already gotten the party’s certificate of return, there was no going back on him, saying all the state need now is to rally support the partyâ€™s candidate.