The Senate Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi has said the endorsement of the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof Kolapo Olusola as sole candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was a wishful thinking.
She also described the killings of innocent Nigerians across the country and sundry hardship being experienced by the citizens as evidence of a failure of governance.
Senator Olujimi said this at the weekend when she hosted her constituents in Ekiti South senatorial district to a “thank you get together party” in Omuo Ekiti, where she distributed items worth N200 million.
Olujimi said her ambition to govern Ekiti State remained intact, adding that the endorsement of the Deputy Governor as the sole candidate of the party was a wishful thinking.
The lawmaker said the party’s national leadership will conduct free and fair primary and the best candidate will emerge as opposed the one that has been endorsed.
She said: “It is the business of the party at the national level to conduct a primary. What happened is just wishful thinking. The party had already said that there would be a free and fair primary and that is where I stand.
“The five of us that are aspirants have come together to say that there must be free and fair primaries. If the primary is fair, only the best will win, not the one that has been anointed.”
The former Deputy Governor, who said that the PDP handed over a good government to the APC in 2015, said people have seen the difference today.
She said for the past two years the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has demonstrated crass incompetence and lack of profound grasp in the running of a great nation like Nigeria, hence the unprecedented hardship and suffering the citizenry are being subjected to.
Speaking further on what she described as APC wasteful years, she said, “In the last 18 years of this Democracy, I have not seen a government that is poorly managed like this APC-led government. They rode to power on the pretext of populist ideology. They did not have a blueprint on how to govern the country.
“They don’t know what to do up till now. We are just drifting, everybody is just doing what he likes and so, we went into a recession. They say we are technically out of it, but I don’t know what they mean because people are still in recession.
“No jobs anywhere, prices of goods have skyrocketed. The roads are bad. Electricity is zero. A man who cannot put food on his table who cannot send his children to school is in recession. People that are begging are too many, that is not the Nigeria we knew. The Nigeria we knew is the one everybody will eat and drink and some would even travel at Christmas. But right now, it is no longer so.
“We handed over a good government to APC. Forget all the lies and half truth, the bulk passing and the razzmatazz. People have now seen the difference. I am not one to speak evil about a government. This one has failed all of us.
“So people must follow the PDP. The party knows how to govern and have people at heart. Yes, I admit we made mistake. But we know how to regulate ourselves and deliver good governance to the people”, she said.