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

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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.

Sen Gbe­misola Saraki Ako­gun Iyi­ola Oyedepo Mr. Dele Bel­gore

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