by Michael Adesanya/ Abeokuta
The crisis rocking Ogun state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) took another dimension , at the weekend as the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party
nullified the recent inauguration of new executives of the party in the state, describing them as unknown persons.
The nullification was contained in a statement jointly signed by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus and the National Secretary, Sen. Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta.
It would be recalled that a faction loyal to Senator Buruji Kashamu inaugurated new executives of the party in the state last Friday.
But the national leadership of the party insisted that there was no congress at any level ( ward, local government and the state) to elect new executives.
He revealed that the nullified inauguration was only organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), “Omoilu Foundation”. A foundation report to have belong to Kashamu.
The statement indicated: “The attention of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to some media publication, especially, the online media concening a purported inauguration of certain unknown persons as State Officers of the Party in Ogun State on Friday, May 8, 2020
We want to advise members of the public, especially, the teeming members of our great
Party in Nigeria and Ogun State in particular, that the Peoples Democratic Party has not
conducted any congress for the election of the Party officers at any level of the Party:
Ward, LGA Chapter and or State, in Ogun State”.
The NWC also said the decision in order to allow rule of law play its role, explaining “this is in obedience to the interim order made by His Lordship, Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo, in Suit No. FCT/AB/ CS/208/2020 on March 4, 2020 directing the maintenance of the status quo until the hearing of the motion on notice which is still pending on account of the disruption caused by COVID-19″.
Also reacting, the outgoing Chairman, Adebayo Dayo also affirmed the position of the National Working Committee, describing the congress as sham and scam.
He queried ” where was the Congress held?”.
Dayo added ” A normal State Congress should have nothing less than one thousand delegates, that is one thousand people must converge in order to have a state Congress – the lockdown and restriction of gathering of over twenty people is also in place”.
The former PDP boss insisted that the fake Congress can not hold water.