BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
Osun state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Thursday, May 12, 2016 held its congress and elected executives of the party.
A former member of the state House of Assembly, Adagunodo Olasoji from Obokun local government area of the state was voted for as the chairman of the party while Hon. Akanfe Sunday emerged as the deputy chairman.
The Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Bola Ajao was re-elected.
This came as some members of the party believed to be loyalists of former Deputy Governor of the state, Senaor Iyiola Omisore shunned Osogbo City Stadium, the venue of the congress and stormed the party’s secretariat at Ogo-Oluwa area of Osogbo in protest against the election.
Among the loyalists of Omisore who boycotted the congress and election are the candidates that would have contested the chairmanship and other positions of the party against the candidates believed to be loyalists of the National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo.
When the congress commenced with accreditation of candidates at about 8:00am, a panel, set up by the national leadership of the party had dissolved the outgoing executives of the party.
Congratulating the outgoing executives led by the party Chairman, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa, the chairman of the panel, Retired Justice Emmanuel Dodo assured the congress of a free an fair poll urging delegates to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner during an after the election.
Addressing members of the party, Olaoluwa said the election was meant kick-off strategies that would enable the party regain its “lost glory” in the state.
Meanwhile, other offices were voted for unopposed except the treasurer and woman leader positions of the party which were contested for.
But, speaking during the protest at the party secretariat, a stalwart of the party in the state, Dr. Bayo Faforiji expressed disappointment at the congress saying a faction of the party had approached the court for an injunction to stop the election.
Describing the congress as illegal and fraudulent, Faforiji said delegates present for the election are pack of jokes accusing Olaoluwa and the party’s national secretary of disenfranchising and disqualifying members of the party unjustly.
He said: ” The congress going on at the stadium is illegal and fraudulent. They are repeating the mistakes that they made the last time before the congress was rescheduled.”
“The chairman (Olaoluwa) and the National Secretary disenfranchised sizeable number of this party. We protested and the national leadership of the party rescheduled the congress.
“The committee has given specific instructions that forms should be provided for interested candidates.
“But when the committee arrived Osun state, they were cornered by the chairman and the national secretary. They were given instruction to maintain status quo. The congress is illegal, null and of no effect.”
We approached a court of competent jurisdiction that they should not act in that capacity. Whatever Olaoluwa does is of no effect. Those in stadium are pack of jokes. Majority of our members are frustrated and some candidates are denied forms,” he added.
Some of the stakeholders of the party in the state who stormed the venue of the election to cast their votes are the former minister of State Defence, Mrs. Erelu Olusola Obada, National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo, former Youth Development Minister, Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi, former chairman of the Federal Capital Development Authority ( FCDA), Abuja, Dr. Olu Alabi among others.
But stalwarts who were absent at the election are: Senator Omisore, Director of Publicity of PDP in the state, Prince Diran Odeyemi, Bayo Faforiji, Wole Oke, Hon. Falade, Albert Adeoni, Bunmi Jenyo among others.