The Nation learnt yesterday that Olusola and Deputy Senate Minority Whip Biodun Olujimi allegedly clashed over the former’s (Olusola’s) attempt to prevent some delegates perceived to be disloyal to Governor Ayodele Fayose to vote at the convention.
Mrs. Olujimi, who is also a former deputy governor, is interested in the PDP governorship ticket for the 2018 poll in defiance of Fayose, who had settled for Olusola.
A Facebook post by a member of Fayose’s social media team, Adebomojo Akeem, accused Mrs. Olujimi of pushing and assaulting Olusola during the convention at Eagle Square in Abuja.
But Mrs Olujimi, who is the senator representing Ekiti South, denied the allegation.
The senator said she resisted Olusola’s alleged attempt to prevent delegates not in Fayose’s camp to exercise their franchise at the convention.
Adebomojo’s Facebook post reads: “Ekiti Kete, especially the people of South Senatorial District, what do you call Senator Biodun Olujimi, who openly assaulted our Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, at the venue of the PDP National Convention in Abuja on Saturday?
“Senator Olujimi openly pushed and assaulted the Deputy Governor, Prof. Olusola, while they were on the queue to vote at the convention.
“However, despite the open assault and provocation by Senator Olujimi, the Omoluabi Deputy Governor, Prof. Olusola, did not utter a word and he prevented his security aides from reacting too.
“Is it by assaulting the deputy governor of her own state that Biodun Olujimi will realise her failed governorship ambition? Let this be the last warning to her, or else she will be disgraced totally.”
In a telephone chat yesterday with our reporter, Mrs. Olujimi described the alleged assault on the deputy governor as untrue and a calculated lie to feed the public with falsehood.
The senator said Olusola attempted to prevent the senator representing Ekiti Central, Mrs. Fatimat Raji Rasaki, as well as the House of Representatives member for Ekiti Central Federal Constituency II, Mr. Olamide Oni and the estranged House of Assembly member representing Ekiti East Constituency I, Mr. Ojo Ade Fajana, from voting at the convention.
She said: “Ask them: why can’t they allow the deputy governor to speak for himself? Why are they speaking through their Facebook guys?
“The truth of the matter is that I did not push or assault the deputy governor; I only told him to move away from the scene where he was preventing other eligible delegates to vote at the convention.
“Olamide Oni was not given delegates; Ojo Ade was not given delegates and Senator Fatimat Raji Rasaki was not allowed to vote. I told the deputy governor to move away from the place, I told him to move away.
“He (Olusola) then said he must call his principal (Fayose) that we must not vote. He called him but the governor did not come to the scene.
“You can see the height of impunity, even taken to the convention. I don’t want to join issues with him. It is not true that I pushed him, but I will not stand there and allow him disenfranchise people who were eligible to vote at the convention.”
A fracas broke out among Ekiti delegates to the last non-elective convention of the PDP.
Some party members allegedly hurled objects at Fayose when he allegedly attempted to force those who were not wearing T-shirts proclaiming his presidential ambition out of the venue.
The incident led to the suspension of two House of Assembly members – Michael Adedeji and Fajana – as the state legislators alleged that the incident was masterminded by Mrs. Olujimi.
Adedeji had his suspension lifted after “apologising to the House and renouncing his association” with Mrs. Olujimi but Fajana, who refused to apologise or renounce his association with the senator, has not been pardoned.