Zonal Congress: Fayose, Kashamu Split Southwest PDP


The leadership tussle between the governor of Ekiti state, Dr. Ayodele Fayose and the senator

Buruji-Kashamu2representing the Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Buruji Kashamu, have divided the Southwest zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The tussle as gathered by Nigerian Concord came as a result of who takes over the structure of the Southwest zone of the opposition party between Fayose and Senator Buruji Kashamu who happens to be the major financier of the party in the zone.

According to the guideline of the party, zonal congresses are to take place tomorrow, Saturday but the Kashamu Buruji faction of the PDP had on Wednesday secured a court order which stopped the conduct of the zonal congress in the Southwest zone.

In the case with Suit No. FHC/L/CS/605/2016, which was filed by the incumbent Zonal Secretary, Chief ‘Pegba Otemolu against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), PDP, its National Chairman, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff and National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, the plaintiff submitted that it was wrong for the party and its national officers to contemplate organizing a zonal congress for the South West since the Zonal Executive Committee members were elected on the 11th of October, 2014.

Granting the plaintiff’s prayer, Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos held, “That an order of interlocutory injunction is granted to the Plaintiff/Applicant restraining the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Defendants from conducting or permitting or recognizing any election into the offices of the South West Zonal Executive Committee pending the hearing and determination of the Originating Summons”.

Shortly after the ruling was made known to the public yesterday, Fayose spoke with journalists in Abuja and said that the Southwest Zonal Congress slated for Saturday in Akure, Ondo State would still hold as scheduled despite Wednesday’s Federal High Court ruling which stopped the congress.

He said the party was not aware of any court order, stopping the congress and as such, machinery is in motion for a hitch-free congress.

“Anyone talking about court order is only deceiving himself and it is now time for the party to operate devoid of any abracabra court orders” Fayose was quoted as saying.

But in what seems to be a counter reaction, the National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, warned Governor Fayose not to drag the party into “his lawlessness” in his quest to go ahead with a zonal congress that had already been stopped by the court.

Ogundipe who is believed to be speaking at the instance of Senator Buruji Kashamu said Fayose was not the party, adding that the National Legal Adviser and other principal officers of the party had been served the court order.

The party chieftain noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had also been served the court order.

Ogundipe therefore urged delegates and the other well-meaning leaders and elders of the party not to join Fayose in his usual characteristic lawless conduct and impunity, saying that any such exercise conducted in spite of the court order will be an affront to the judiciary, a nullity and an exercise in futility.

He added that any officer that emerges and the delegates from such an illegal gathering who consequently participate in the national convention will contaminate the convention and make it illegal and a nullity.

“Fayose is on his own. He is not the party and he cannot speak for the party. He is the architect of abracadabra, illegality and thuggery. All well-meaning members, leaders and elders of the party should not follow him in his latest journey to self-destruction and ignominy,” Ogundipe said.

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