Prior to the conduct of the congress conducted by a five-member panel led by Senator Barnabas Gemade under a tightly secure atmosphere, no fewer than eight aspirants had emerged from Kwara North and South Senatorial districts of the state while there wa
told that the Belgore’s camp played it smart by putting forward Oyedepo and Olusona at the same time to seamlessly negotiate for one of the aspirants. “That was the groundwork”, an inside source told our correspondent. The new secretary of the party, Razaq Hassan, who is a former member of the House of Assembly, is a core loyalist of Gbemi together with the women leader, Nimota Oba Sulaiman who was in the House of Representatives between 20072011.
A member of the party who was privy to the internal arrangement, told our correspondent that the positions were shared virtually between Gbemi and Belgore with both demonstrating their strength and support base.
Other elected executive members are the deputy chairman, Musa Kallah Umar, vice chairman (South), Gbenle Adeyemi, vice chairman (North), Sunday Oyebiyi, vice chairman (Central), Salman Mustapha, organising secretary, Jimoh Jibril, youth leader, Segun Olawoyin, publicity secretary, Rex Olawoye, treasurer, Hassan Adebayo, among other ex-officio members.
Speaking with newsmen after the all-night congress, Senator Gemade said, “I am quite satisfied that the congress was peaceful, extremely organised and it was well conducted. I believe that the delegates also behaved well and discharged themselves in a manner that is acceptable. I believe that this is giving the picture of a winning party like the Peoples Democratic Party. The reason for our complete internal democracy today is to ensure that imposition which has occurred many times in the past which led to our losing election in very sensitive places like Kwara State will not happen again. Today internal democracy has been successfully exercised and every delegate, every leader, every follower, every member of this party has left this venue fully satisfied and I believe that at the end of the day, Kwara would be truly liberated”.
For many analysts and members of the party, Akogun’s emergence would no doubt pose a big challenge to the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership under former Governor Bukola Saraki.
Saraki and his supporters including Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed had dumped PDP for APC thereby stirring the hornet’s nest and inducing influx of members who could not withstand being in the same party with Bukola to move en-masse to PDP.
The battle line has therefore been drawn for the soul of Kwara in 2015.