Because the battle for the management of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) in Osun State rages on, distinguished chieftains of the get together aren’t on the identical web page relating to the removing of the State Chairman of the get together, Soji Adagunodo, by the Nationwide Working Committee (NWC), studies ‘Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor

 

THE Peoples’ Democratic Social gathering (PDP) within the southwest geo-political zone of the nation could also be thrown right into a contemporary spherical of intra get together disaster over the latest sack of the state Chairman of the get together in Osun State, Soji Adagunodo, by the Nationwide Working Committee (NWC) of the get together. The NWC directed Adagunodo to step apart because the get together boss within the state whereas mandating the Vice Chairman to take over the management of the get together as some allegations leveled in opposition to Adagunodo are being investigated by the get together’s disciplinary committee.

Consistent with the suspension letter issued on Adagunodo which was signed by Senator Usman Tsauri, the Nationwide Secretary of the get together, the previous Deputy Chairman, Sunday Akanfe, was final Thursday inaugurated because the Performing Chairman in Akure, the Ondo State capital. That is simply as Adagunodo insisted that he remained the Osun PDP Chairman regardless of the ratification of his suspension by the Nationwide Working Committee of the get together, over alleged anti-party actions, after weeks of allegations and counter allegations amongst get together chiefs within the state.

However Akanfe’s inauguration, which was accomplished on the workplace of the Nationwide Vice Chairman (Southwest) of the get together, Eddy Olafeso, is at present producing some ripples within the southwest. In keeping with some get together sources, some distinguished get together leaders within the zone are displeased with the way the NWC dealt with the matter. There are issues that the Uche Secondus-led NWC is pandering to the needs of some individuals inside and out of doors the PDP in its dealing with of the crises that rocked Ogun and Osun chapters of the get together. “And a few of us really feel this isn’t too god for the get together,” a supply stated.

However one other distinguished chieftain of the PDP from Ondo State allayed such fears, saying the management of the get together on the nationwide degree is dealing with issues in another way this time as a result of it has learnt from previous errors. “What we do now could be to rigorously look at the will of the get together members, not simply the dictates of some leaders, wherever we’ve got disaster, and take choices that will probably be fashionable with the atypical members of the get together. That’s what the NWC and the southwest management of the get together have accomplished in Osun and Ogun states,” our supply claimed.

“I can inform you categorically that the newly inaugurated Osun PDP Performing Chairman was accompanied to Akure by majority of the state working committee members of the get together. So, the place are these against the choices of the NWC on this matter? Now we have examined the waters and I’m positive what we’ve got accomplished is what the members of the get together in Osun need. However in fact, individuals will speak. Even when we fail to do something in any respect, you’ll nonetheless discover some individuals complaining. Now that we’ve got taken motion, they nonetheless really feel offended,” he added.

TWO PARTY CHAIRMEN?

The Nationwide Vice Chairman of the get together, Mr. Eddy Olafeso, urged the Osun PDP members to work in unity, to take again the state from the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying the choice to sack Adagunodo is within the curiosity of the get together within the state. However his place is being challenged by some get together chieftains within the state, accusing him of conniving with some state govt committee members in a plot handy over the Osun State chapter of the get together to some people who’re bent on pocketing the state chapter of the opposition get together.

Talking after his inauguration in Akure, Akanfe promised to make sure that peace returned to the get together. He stated he bore no grudge in opposition to Adagunodo. “We don’t have any grudge in opposition to Soji Adagunodo. We are going to resolve our variations after we get residence. I guarantee you that the PDP underneath my management will shut ranks inside the get together and transfer it to a larger top. The state working committee, within the final couple of days, has began reaching out to the aggrieved members of the get together and to the glory of God the transfer has began yielding optimistic outcomes,” he stated.

However Adagunodo is insisting that he’s in command of the get together within the state, stating that his purported removing was a social media affair as there was no official communication from the get together headquarters confirming his removing. He stated, “I’ve not acquired any official letter from the Nationwide Headquarters of the Social gathering, I solely learn it on the social media as you all did. Additionally within the purported letter, it was alleged that a few of my colleagues wrote a petition in opposition to me, I additionally need you to know that I’m not conscious of any such petition.

“PDP members in Osun state are hereby suggested to disregard the purported letter in circulation as no official communication from Nationwide headquarters had reached me. The Nigerian Safety Companies are hereby positioned on discover to behave promptly in opposition to any forceful try and take over the Osun State PDP Secretariat to keep away from breakdown of regulation and order. Members of the general public are additionally suggested to ignore any purported letter asking me to step apart,” Adagunodo, who known as on his supporters to stay calm, stated.

However Ayo Fadaka, the zonal publicity secretary of the PDP within the South-West, need Adagunodo and his supporters to consider the get together as no one on the nationwide and zonal degree is after the sacked chairman. “His issues are native because the components of his challenges are completely native and the solutions to them will all the time stay so. You will need to say that out of the 14 State Working Committee members, 10 of them aren’t working with him and really are up in arms in opposition to him over his managerial type,” he stated.

ELDERS IN DISARRAY

Because the battle for the management of the get together within the state rages on, it seems distinguished PDP chieftains aren’t on the identical web page relating to the removing of Adagunodo. On Tuesday, a press release by Sen. Kolawole Ogunwale, on behalf of the Osun State leaders of PDP, disclosed that the leaders of the get together supported the suspension of Adagunodo. “We want to categorical our profound gratitude to the Prince Uche Secondus led Nationwide Working Committee (NWC) of our nice get together/PDP, and on the identical time applaud and have a good time the latest effort to salvage the soul and architectural construction of our get together from collapse,” the assertion learn.

However Senator Olu Alabi, medical physician and member of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), disagreed with Ogunwale, insisting as an alternative that the stakeholders of the get together are behind Adagunodo. “So far as we’re involved, all of the members of the PDP BoT from Osun State are on one web page; all of the elders are on the identical web page over the difficulty. It’s the Adeleke household that’s saying they need to protect the Adeleke dynasty. They imagine that, with Adagunodo as state chairman, the standard-bearer of the PDP within the 2018 governorship election, Ademola Adeleke, might not emerge because the candidate for the 2022 governorship ballot in Osun.

“He left the nation a very long time in the past. So, why ought to anybody consider risking the fortunes of the get together and the state since you need to protect your personal dynasty? This factor isn’t about anyone having a war-chest to tug the string. These behind this downside aren’t able to current another particular person exterior their dynasty. About six months in the past, the fact-finding committee that was despatched to research the allegations in opposition to Adagunodo emphatically said that it didn’t discover him responsible of any of the allegation or offence; that he gave a transparent account of all of the funds he collected for the aim of the elections.

“The actual fact-finding committee comprised former Minister of Surroundings, Mrs Malam, Senator Misau and Senator Sam Anyanwu. The issue is the outgoing zonal secretary, Reverend Bunmi Jenyo. He’s the one behind the disaster within the Osun State chapter of the get together. He’s working for the camp of Adeleke, taking correspondence to Abuja on behalf of the group, due to his place,” the PDP BoT member claimed.

In the meantime, Chief Simeon Adebayo Ajeigbe, one other member of the elders’ discussion board of the get together faulted Alabi’s claims, saying “I’m disillusioned like most members. Firstly, Alabi’s unsubstantiated allegations and wild rhetoric in opposition to the Adeleke household, to say the least, displays an unacceptable thoughts set from somebody who’s a BOT member and needs to be seen as a rallying particular person inside the get together for peace fairly than being very acrimonious and being an agent of discord within the get together. Insinuations, gossips and what have you aren’t unusual in political house.

“Let me stress at this level that events in all democracies are collectively pushed and nobody can ascribe this nebulous assertions {that a} household wished to hijack the get together. It’s on document that Senator Ademola Adeleke participated in a keenly contested main which he received. The dynasty can be being blackmailed to ensure that them to withdraw their help for the get together. It’s vital to place issues straight. It should be recalled that after the Supreme courtroom judgment, Adagunodo led all the State Exco of the get together alongside leaders of the get together like Prince Diran Odeyemi, Dr. Peter Babalola, Akogun Lere Oyewumi and lots of others to Ede nation residence of the Adelekes, the place a movement was moved unanimously adopting Senator Ademola Adeleke because the candidate of the get together for the 2022 election.

“Senator Olu Alabi claimed the Adeleke group was behind the travails of Honourable Adagunodo as a result of he’s seen because the doable impediment to Ademola Adeleke rising as PDP’s candidate in 2022. Why such stance? Let Adagunodo come out clear and let him current himself to the Nationwide Disciplinary Committee in Abuja and as soon as he’s free, the identical nationwide physique will reinstate him and he’ll turn out to be stronger. A few of us, who imagine within the management of Adagunodo had been shocked to listen to these allegations in opposition to him,” he defined.

And findings by The Nation revealed that the suspension of Adagunodo and inauguration of Ayanfe will not be the top of the disaster inside the Osun state chapter of the get together. To place the scenario inside the get together in clearer perspective, a former gubernatorial aspirant of the get together within the state who spoke on situation of anonymity stated, “I can’t need to be quoted as a result of all of us are nonetheless watching the unfolding drama critically. No one is actually saying it shouldn’t be Demola Adeleke in 2022, however not on this brazen manner they’re going about it.

“They need to completely silence each opposing voice. You’re tagged an enemy of the get together after getting a dissenting opinion. That’s what many people see as unacceptable,” the PDP chieftain stated as he urged the nationwide management to be cautious in dealing with all the disaster. Like him, many get together trustworthy inside and out of doors Osun state at the moment are anxious that the scenario in Osun might throw PDP within the southwest into one other spherical of protracted crises.

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