New Kwara PDP exco in­au­gu­rated as ag­grieved con­tes­tants protest

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

Newly elected state work­ing com­mit­tee of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Kwara has been in­au­gu­rated.

The in­au­gu­ra­tion took place at the party’s sec­re­tariat even as some ag­grieved mem­bers of the party kicked against the out­come of the congress.

Se­na­tor Barn­abas Ge­made who chaired the five-man com­mit­tee which su­per­in­tended the elec­tion had de­clared Ako­gun Iyi­ola Oyedepo as the new chair­man of the party.

He polled 375 votes to de­feat his clos­est ri­val, Bode Ojomu who got 225 votes while an­other con­tes­tant, Maryam Al-Has­san came a dis­tant third with 19 votes.

No sooner than the re­sults of the congress were de­clared that a group within the party known as the Free­dom Group re­jected the re­sult be­cause of what it called “glar­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties”.

The group in a state­ment by Chief Lanre Ogun­deji said, “Af­ter a pre­lim­i­nary as­sess­ment of the Congress and its out­come, the group said the out­come was full of dis­crep­an­cies, es­pe­cially on the vari­ance be­tween the num­ber of del­e­gates ac­cred­ited and the num­ber of votes recorded for the con­tes­tants”.

Ac­cord­ing to the group, “Whereas more than 800 del­e­gates were ac­cred­ited, just about 550 votes were recorded for all can­di­dates who con­tested the chair­man­ship seat”.

The ag­grieved con­tes­tants have how­ever pe­ti­tioned the congress ap­peal com­mit­tee and the na­tional sec­re­tariat of PDP, al­leg­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the con­duct of the pri­mary.

The pe­ti­tion jointly signed by six con­tes­tants, two from each of the three Se­na­to­rial districts, also ac­cused the out-gone in­terim chair­man, Hon. Solomon Edoja of “sell­ing and al­lo­cat­ing of­fices to the high­est bid­ders”.

“Mr. Solomon Edoja had his plan and as a mat­ter of fact he made sure that the congress was a sham. He did not advertise the list of con­tes­tants. The names of con­tes­tants were not even known to the Del­e­gates as the names of who they were to vote for were not known to them”, the pe­ti­tion added.

How­ever in a tele­phone chat with Daily Trust, Edoja said there was no iota of truth in the al­le­ga­tions, in­sist­ing the elec­tion was “clean, thor­ough, painstak­ing and the most demo­cratic elec­tion in the world”.

He said those mak­ing the al­le­ga­tions are not PDP mem­bers be­cause ac­cord­ing to him, the congress was a replica of a na­tional con­ven­tion.

Sen Barn­abas Ge­made

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