Former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday pleaded with the aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to drop the hatchet in the overall interest of the party.
He also congratulated Senator Biodun Olujimi on her emergence as the lawmaker representing Ekiti South senatorial district, saying she remains the leader of PDP in the state.
The former governor apologized to all the aggrieved members who he might have offended when he was governor of Ekiti and insisted the party must be repositioned ahead of future elections in the state.
He spoke at his country home in Afao-Ekiti while addressing party members across the 16 local government areas and 177 wards in the state.
He said: “We are on a mission to repositioning the party because truly we need a new attitude as members of this party. We must tell ourselves the truth that there is nothing to share in failure and we must join hands to achieve something tangible.
” I know some persons are aggrieved and I know we are humans. I apologize to all those that I have offended; let us come together in unity for this our party not to die in this state. That is my priority as the leader.
“I am doing this after one year I left office just to allow the present All Progressives Congress (APC) to display what they have for the people and you can all see for yourselves. I am not here for my selfish interest but just to ensure this party does not fail.”
He regretted the violence and alleged electoral malpractices that marred the last Saturday’s local government election in the state, saying he warned the leadership of PDP in the state not participate in the poll for obvious reasons.
He added: “Everybody should come back to the party. I am open to reconciliation. If Senator Biodun Olujimi calls you for a meeting tomorrow, go there and listen to her. All of us are leaders, don’t let us factionalize this party. I am congratulating her (Senator Olujimi) and I don’t have any issue with her and I am sorry for what happened in the past.”