Fresh Crisis Brew In Osun PDP As New Factional Chairman Emerged

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By Gbenga Faturoti, Osogbo.

A fresh leadership crisis is brewing within the fold of Osun State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the emergence of Hon. Wale Ojo as new factional state chairman of the party.

Ojo was appointed factional chairman of the party at a stakeholders meeting held at Ikirun in Ifelodun Local Government Council of the state.

No fewer than three governorship aspirants on the platform of the party and other prominent leaders attended the crucial meeting.

It would be recalled that since the crisis rocking the former State Chairman tenure of Hon. Soji Adagunodo, Hon. Sunday Bisi who was the party publicity Secretary had laid claim to Adagunodo’s seat before he was appointed the National Vice Chairman, South West of PDP.

Acting on the vacuum created with the elevation of Adagunodo as National Vice Chairman, Southwest and sequelled to the substiting State High Court judgement that recognised Adagunodo as authentic State Chairman before his elevation, the stakeholders summoned the courage to toe the path of party’s constitution which stipulated that Adagunodo’s replacement must also come from his senatorial area upon which Wale Ojo was appointed on Friday.

Appointment of Ojo has however started generating fresh controversies among the party members while his choice was hailed by many stakeholders but those that belong to the camp of Sunday Bisi had kicked against the move.

Some argued that Sunday Bisi apart from not being qualified going by the party’s constitution, he was also accused of bejng biased towards a particular governorshop aspirant at the detriment of others.

Party’s representatives from across the 30 local government councils of the state including Modakeke Area Council attended the meeting, an action which they maintained was sequel to a State High court order recognising and affirming that all actions taken by Adagunodo while in office as chairman were valid and legal.

While speaking at his appointment, Wale Ojo assured members of the party that it is time for everyone to work together as one big family, saying he would ensure that all members are on the same page.

Alhaji Fatai Akinade Akinbade, one of the gubernatorial aspirants who attended the meeting while speaking said the stakeholders have been able to reorganise the party and there has been peace in the State since the removal of Prince Uche Secondus who allegedly chose not to follow the party’s constitution.

“We thank God that we have been able to reorganise the party. There has been peace in the PDP since Secondus was removed. If he were to be there till today, he would have ruined the party.

“What we are doing today is in line with the constitution of our party. The congresses we had before now were not recognised by the national secretariat. The report of the Appeal committee was that there were parallel congresses in Osun and we should go back and harmonise. That was the recommendation of the appeal committee.

“But with the court order which validated Adagunodo’s chairmanship, the next thing since he has resigned is to follow the constitution of our party to replace him in line with the constitution of the party which stipulates that the person must come from his zone.

In the same vein, Hon. Sanya Omirin, another aspirant said it is normal for the stakeholders to ensure that there is no vacuum at the driver seat of the party, calling on everyone to come on board and move the party forward.

“Our gathering here is not to witch-hunt anybody, it is to follow the constitution. We must all come together to build the party. We are ready to bring everybody on board. Those of the delegates here are the authentic delegates. If they come and join us, they will be coopted.”

Also speaking, Akin Ogunbiyi said “the most important thing is that we followed our constitution in doing this. Whoever says the constitution will not work is trying to destroy the party.

“Everything that was done by Adagunodo until he resigned was authentic based on the based on the court judgement. According to our party constitution, when the chairman resigns, his replacement will come from within his zone and that’s exactly what we did here.”

When contacted, the public relations officer of Sunday Bisi led executive, Bamidele Olabamiji said Bisi remains the PDP State chairman, saying those that branded themselves as stakeholders should not be taken serious

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