The battle for the soul of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Southwest between Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, is causing more division among leaders and chieftains of the party within and outside the zone, The Nation learnt on Saturday. There are also strong indications that efforts by the leadership and other organs of the party to reconcile the warring factions in the zone ahead of Saturday’s rescheduled zonal congress, may have failed.
The PDP on Wednesday fixed April 10 for its postponed Zonal congresses in the Southwest, Northwest and North Central zones.
The new date was communicated in a March 31 letter signed by National Chairman, Uche Secondus and the National Secretary, Senator Umar Tsauri.
According to the letter, the Southwest congress will take place in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, whilst that of the Northwest is scheduled for Kaduna and the North Central’s in Makurdi, Benue State.
But the selection to keep the Southwest congress in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has no longer gone down properly with some PDP NWC individuals.
The Nation collected that whilst the National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd), and some others insisted that the congress should go in advance in Ibadan, the countrywide prison adviser objected, bringing up a court case instituted recently.
The NWC is but to reach a choice at the dispute.
Fayose and Makinde were at loggerheads over the subsequent management of the celebration within the Southwest.
The long going for walks strife had held back the party’s averted the birthday party from conserving the zonal congress till now.
The workout, which become held in some different zones, turned into postponed because of the scuffle among the 2 businesses which brought about the procurement of a court injunction by one of the parties, stopping the congress. Supporters of the 2 PDP chieftains also engaged in a fierce conflict of words.
While Makinde is sponsoring Taofeek Arapaja, a former Oyo deputy governor, Fayose is assisting Eddy Olafeso, a former governorship aspirant in Ondo State and the on the spot past chairman of the birthday celebration in the area.
Following the postponement, each the national leadership of the birthday party and the Senator Bukola Saraki-led reconciliation committee allegedly made spirited efforts to reconcile the businesses and prepare a non violent course for the congress to in the end maintain at a later date.
But, consistent with dependable celebration sources, the peace efforts failed as the two camps refused to shift grounds.
“There is no agreement whatsoever. Yes, the congress will preserve because it is able to no longer be delayed in addition,” a supply familiar with the problem said.
“It is a constitutional count and if delayed, may additionally have an effect on the celebration’s possibilities of fielding candidates for the following elections inside the region. The implication of the failed peace movements is that the congress will keep with the warring factions combating dirty of their bid to control the celebration within the region.
“The concept of the initiators of the peace moves become to have the positions shared some of the gladiators, but that failed to materialise.”
Makinde in a announcement on Friday said the selection of the National Working Committee of the birthday party to move ahead with Saturday, April 10, as the congress date is commendable.
He stated: “As the simplest serving PDP governor within the Southwest and an invested celebration inside the PDP’s boom and development, I commend the National Working Committee (NWC) for the choice to head beforehand with the Southwest Congress.
“I am satisfied that they bowed to advanced reasoning regarding the congress. I am additionally glad that the congress might be held in Ibadan, Oyo State, consistent with our birthday celebration’s constitution and as stipulated in paragraph 8 (1) (g) of the Guidelines for the Conduct of Ward, LGA, State, Zonal Congresses and National Convention for the reason of electing Party Executive Committees at all ranges which turned into issued and signed in January 2020.
“We look forward to website hosting other contributors of the Southwest PDP come April 10.”
The governor warned that any try to shift the Southwest Congress’s date is a sign that the hierarchy has been compromised.
“Such an movement could have dire results. For one thing, we will be forced to take all essential measures to take again our party. Let me restate that the PDP is the pleasant opportunity for Nigerians. At this moment, we must be increasing our energies in positioning our celebration and gearing up for management at the countrywide stage. We have to display Nigerians that we’re the actual deal,” he said.
But one of the contenders to the position, Olafeso disowned the April 10 date of South West Zonal Congress, allegedly scheduled to preserve in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, saying it’s far most effective “flying at the social media systems.”
He spoke in Osogbo on Friday while being advocated for the position via Osun state delegates. The Nation accrued that the 2 camps are but to return to settlement on the venue of the rescheduled congress, among other matters.
“Even as we talk, there may be nevertheless a very robust foyer by using one of the factions to make the NWC alternate the venue. That is why the Oyo nation governor is caution the national management now not to tamper with the modern arrangement which is in line with the birthday celebration’s constitution.
“I also can confirm to you that the Makinde camp now has the support of the bulk of the celebration’s governors as well as that of the National Assembly caucus of the PDP in the southwest.
“The governors are insisting that as the simplest governor within the area, Makinde deserves more recognize from the countrywide management of the birthday party than he has been getting. It become their intervention that forced the NWC to adhere to the charter and make the present day association.
“But the Fayose camp is uncomfortable with Ibadan, the Oyo nation capital, because the venue of the rescheduled zonal congress for obvious motives, and are organized to have it modified,” our source added.
The Nation also amassed that some outstanding chieftains of the party within and outdoor the sector are in assist of Fayose and his supporters of their quest to supply the leadership of the party inside the Southwest.
According to assets, the countrywide chairman, Uche Secondus, is currently below intense strain to reconsider the choice of Ibadan because the venue of the congress. Our correspondent collected that a petition has already been submitted through a few stakeholders, objecting to the venue and citing Makinde’s position in the feud that led to the sooner postponement as motives.
The country chairmen of the birthday party are also divided over Makinde and Fayose in advance of the rescheduled congress. While Fayose enjoys the aid of the chairmen of the Lagos, Ekiti, Ogun, Osun chapters of the birthday celebration, Makinde controls the cutting-edge structures of the party in Oyo and Ondo states.
“While it is authentic that most governors and Southwest National Assembly contributors are helping Makinde, Fayose enjoys the aid of the majority of NWC contributors from the area. The camp of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku in addition to majority of the state birthday party chairmen inside the area are solidly behind Fayose’s camp as far because the rescheduled congress is involved.
While Fayose is but to publicly reject the venue, some of his allies have spoken in opposition to Ibadan. These are pointers to what you have to expect.
“Consequently, Secondus is underneath stress to bulge and trade the venue. There are also rumours that the Southwest zonal congress may be postponed once more.
PDP governors, determined to shop one among them from embarrassment, are said to have decided to fulfill with Secondus at some point of the week to warn him against giving undue benefit to the Fayose camp. They strongly believe Makinde, as the best governor inside the region should be allowed to steer the party as is the exercise inside the birthday celebration,” our source defined.
In Osun kingdom, factions, led by Soji Adagunodo and Sunday Bisi respectively, are laying claims to the right to offer delegates on the congress on Saturday.
“As of nowadays, each camps have their delegates geared up and are making preparations to visit Ibadan and vote inside the congress. While Adagunodo and his supporters are loyal to Makinde, Bisi’s institution belongs to the Fayose camp. Both camps recentlyopenly advocated their favored applicants,” any other supply instructed The Nation at the same time as explaining the division within the PDP.