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9 Aug 2017

PDP CRISIS: Kashamu-led south-west faction declare Fayose persona non-grata

The crisis rocking the South West zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got messier on Tuesday as a faction backed by Senator Buruji Kashamu declared the members and leaders of the party who gathered in Ibadan, Oyo state as impostors.
Chairman of the faction, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe said he remains the validly elected chairman which has been affirmed by two court orders.
It would be recalled that some leaders of the party including Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state, former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George, among others under the chairmanship of Dr. Eddy Olafeso had met in Ibadan on Monday.
The factional executive decided to set up a disciplinary committee to sanction Kashamu representing Ogun East in the Senate for alleged anti- party activities. However, the Kashamu-backed executive held an emergency meeting today stating that those parading themselves as members of the South West Zonal Executives are "impostors and errand boys".
Ogundipe who addressed newsmen on the outcome of the meeting noted that Olafeso’s tenure as PDP chairman in the zone ends on 11th October, 2014 according to a Federal High Court pronouncement of June 24, 2016. He said the zone under his leadership would mobilize for the Saturday's non-elective convention of the party in Abuja.
According to him, the excos have set up reconciliatory committee to woo back members who dumped the party. The Chairman also urged the national caretaker committee of the party led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi to desist from relating with Gov. Fayose whom the faction declared as persona non grata.
He said, "We unequivocally condemn the hostile, authoritarian and destabilizing activities of Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose and demand that he should be called to order before he sounds the death knell on the party in the South West. "The authentic zonal leadership and stakeholders hereby declares Fayose a persona non grata and dissociate the zone from his activities."
Those who attended the briefing include Senator Kashamu, the immediate past National Secretary of the Party, Prof. Wale Oladipo, former Treasurer, Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju, and factional chairmen and members from the six states of the zone.
He noted that PDP in the country remains one even as he assured that by 2019, the number of PDP governors would increase.
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