Ogun PDP elects new of­fi­cials, ends cri­sis

Weekly Trust - - Analysis | Inside Politics - Peter Moses, Abeokuta

The chair­man of the Congress Com­mit­tee of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Deji Ogun­sakin, has said the elec­tion of new of­fi­cials, led by Sikir­ul­lahi Ogun­dele, put an end to the internal wran­gling in the state chap­ter of the party.

Ogun­sakin, who was the deputy gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of the party in Ek­iti State dur­ing the 2018 gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion, told news­men in Abeokuta that the ex­er­cise was con­ducted fol­low­ing a di­rec­tive from the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee.

More than 2,000 del­e­gates across the state con­verged on Abeokuta and elected party of­fi­cials into about 39 po­si­tions, an ac­tion that brought an end to the Bayo Dayo-led ex­ec­u­tive.

The congress came more than two months af­ter a fac­tion of the party loyal to Se­na­tor Bu­ruji Kashamu had elected the Sam­son Bamg­bose-led ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers.

The de­vel­op­ment led to fresh le­gal bat­tle between the Ladi Ade­butu and Kashamu fac­tions of the party in Ogun State.

But the chair­man of the com­mit­tee de­clared that the elec­tion of the new of­fi­cials loyal to Ade­butu stood, say­ing there was no court in­junc­tion against the congress.

Ac­cord­ing to Ogun­sakin, “The PDP is now united in the state and ready to win the 2023 elec­tions. As I am talk­ing to you, there’s no in­junc­tion stop­ping this process. No­body has gone to court to stop this congress.

The is­sues within the party are nor­mal. The party is still 100 per cent to­gether; there’s no di­vi­sion among us.

Our lead­ers have the power to re­solve any cri­sis; and at the right time they will come to­gether for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.’’

Dayo also de­scribed the ex­er­cise as peace­ful, say­ing the de­vel­op­ment has put an end to the cri­sis rock­ing the party.

“It is only the con­gresses con­ducted by the Bayo Dayo-led ex­ec­u­tive that are le­gal. I am ex­er­cis­ing the pow­ers given to me by the court judge­ment of 2016. That’s the judge­ment that em­pow­ers me and my ex­ec­u­tive to be in of­fice up to the time of this congress and to hand over the re­sult of this congress to the NWC in Abuja,’’ Dayo said.

Re­spond­ing, the new chair­man, who was the sole can­di­date at the congress, promised to run an all-in­clu­sive ad­min­is­tra­tion and bring all ag­grieved mem­bers to­gether to­wards build­ing a vir­ile and united PDP ahead of the 2023 elec­tions.

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