Heavy se­cu­rity as Kwara PDP elects chair­man

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

There was ten­sion, ap­pre­hen­sion and anx­i­ety in Kwara State yes­ter­day as the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) held its state congress to elect a new chair­man for the party.

The congress held un­der a wa­ter-tight se­cu­rity took place at an event cen­tre along Ajasse-Ipo road Ilorin while ac­cred­i­ta­tion was ear­lier done at Michael Imoudu In­sti­tute for Labour Stud­ies, few me­ters to the area.

No fewer than 3000 po­lice­men were de­ployed for the ex­er­cise, while of­fi­cers of the Nigeria Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps (NSCDC) and the Direc­torate of State Ser­vice (DSS) were on ground to se­cure the venue.

Eight as­pi­rants in­di­cated in­ter­est in the chair­man­ship po­si­tion, but our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered that six of them even­tu­ally stepped down, prun­ing the con­tenders to two.

The two con­tenders are Iyi­ola Ako­gun Oyedepo and Mr. Bode Ojomu.

The as­pi­rants who stepped down Sun­day Fagbemi, Al­haji Maryam Al-Has­san, Rev. Bunmi Olu­sona, Mr. Rex Ola­woye, Al­haji Ab­dulka­dir Manko, and Yunusa Ya­haya.

Sources said the list was even­tu­ally pruned down fol­low­ing com­pro­mise by var­i­ous stake­hold­ers of the party who had ear­lier pre­sented many as­pi­rants in “a bid to pro­tect their in­ter­est.”

“What they could not how­ever agree at is a con­sen­sus op­tion which some stake­hold­ers were hitherto push­ing for “, a source told Daily Trust, prompt­ing the re­sort to elec­tion which started around 5pm.

As at the time of fil­ing this re­port, the congress su­per­in­tended by a five­mem­ber panel led by Se­na­tor Barn­abas Ge­made, was still in progress with Ifelo­dun Lo­cal Govern­ment del­e­gates cast­ing their votes. Voting started with Asa while the re­main­ing 14 lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas were yet to com­mence voting.

There are over 700 del­e­gates par­tic­i­pat­ing in the congress with 44 selected from each of the 16 lo­cal govern­ment coun­cils.

When con­tacted, Ge­made de­clined com­ment on the elec­tion, urg­ing jour­nal­ists to wait to the end.

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