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How Daniel, Obasanjo-Bello, Bankole emerged in parallel PDP primaries

AS members of the crisis-ridden Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), in Ogun State go to the polls today to elect their standard flag-bearer for the forthcoming general elections, what is on the lips of residents of the state is whether the party would be able to overcome their problem or juHow Daniel, Obasanjo-Bello, Bankole emerged in parallel PDP primariesst go under.

The party, for over a year, has been in dire straight moving from one crisis to the other until the House of Assembly was locked up following the “impeachment” of the speaker, Mr. Tunji Egbetokun, and his suspension with 14 other members by a group of nine  lawmakers. For over three months,  the House has not been able to sit.

While that is the issue on government side, the party has been sharply divided into two factions — the Governor Olugbenga Daniel faction, led by the chairman of the party, Elder Joju Fadairo and the Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye faction with Bashorun Dayo Soremi as chairman – and had been at dagger’s drawn for some time over the control of the party with each side claiming to be the authentic.

While the Fadairo group insisted that it was duly elected at the state congress, the Dayo Soremi group insisted on the harmonisation of the state executive council of the party as directed by the National Working Committee of the party.

The Martins-Kuye faction is believed to have the support of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Senators Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello and Lekan Mustapha, Chief Sule Onabiyi and about four members of the House of Representatives.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole, is said to have crossed over to the Daniel group to get the ticket and actualise his dream of returning to the House.

In the Daniel camp are members of the party executive, commissioners, special advisers and assistants and the former local government chairmen.

Claims, counter-claims

The situation, however, boiled over when the chairman of the harmonised state executive council,Soremi, announced the suspension of the secretary, Chief Pegba Otemolu, for “activities capable of derailing electoral process of the party, dishonest attitude likely to cause disaffection and disunity among the members of the party.”

He then announced the state assistant secretary, Alhaji Semiu Sodipo, as the acting secretary until further notice, adding that the national secretariat of the party would be notified that the party has arranged the screening of aspirants to take place at the Onikolobo secretariat of the party to prevent it from being misled into taking actions that would be tantamount to contempt of a subsisting court order.

He added that venues of the ward congresses and various primaries had been compiled and were being forwarded to the national secretariat to facilitate ease of operation.

But the chairman of the party, Fadairo, countered, stressing that the meeting where the secretary, Otemolu, was purportedly suspended was illegal, null and void.

He said: “the meeting they held was illegal and, therefore, all decisions from such an illegal gathering are a nullity. I, therefore, seize this medium to alert members of our party both at the state and the national levels including members of the National Working Committee and the generality of our people that they should not allow themselves to be deceived by these impostors whose sole agenda is to cause confusion and disaffection in our party.

“It is obvious that this anti-party behaviour and antics are hinged on some hidden- agenda which is now common knowledge of everybody. I want to assure you all that steps have been taken to report this flagrant disobedience of the PDP’s Constitution to the appropriate organ of the party at the National Level for appropriate disciplinary action.”

Parallel congresses

It was, therefore, no surprise to residents of the state that the two executives decided to hold separate congresses in the selection of delegates and electing party candidates for the various posts.

While the Daniel group would hold its in one location, the Martin-Kuye group would go to another.
Friday’s senatorial primaries were, however, the most troubling for the people as the party from the separate congresses elected six senatorial candidates for the three senatorial districts of the state.

While in the Ogun Central Senatorial District, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, won at the Kuye group’s primary, at the Akin -Olugbade Social Centre, daughter of the late acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Basorun M.K.O. Abiola, Mrs. Lola Abiola- Edewor, won with 567 votes to defeat Mr. Jelili Kayode Amusan who had 483 votes while the other three aspirants shared the remaining votes.

In Ogun East Senatorial District where Daniel contested at the Ijebu-Ode International Stadium, he polled 2,021 votes to defeat Senator Lekan Mustapha. Mr. Toheeb Adetunji Odunowo had  four votes  and Mr. Shehu Bankole ,10  votes.
But, Daniel was roundly  defeated at the parallel congress held by the Kuye group at the Degun Street office of the party, scoring only 35 votes as against that of a flight engineer, Mr. Toheeb Adetunji Odunowo’s 1001 votes.

Iyabo speaks

Speaking with newsmen after the primaries, Obasanjo-Bello argued that her  group’s primary was the authentic one because it was backed by law.

She said: “you can see the crowd of delegates. It is overwhelming. It has been a struggle and what we are facing is the challenge of some people trying to disenfranchise thousands.

“I am a lawmaker and we have the law backing us. We have the court order; we have the directive of the National Working Committee for the harmonisation. It is just that Daniel wants to frustrate everybody and it is going to be a tough one for him.”

Odunowo spoke in the same vein, saying, “Daniel, having enjoyed absolute power for nearly eight years without being able to turn Ogun State round, the people rejected him because their fortunes will not change with him in the Senate for four years”.

But the chairman of the party, Fadairo, described those  holding separate congresses as “sponsored agents bent on destabilising the party before defecting to the rival party.”

Explaining that those ones held by his group were the authentic, Fadairo added that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was on hand to supervise the process with other security agencies.

He said: “It is obvious that this anti_party behavior and antics are hinged on some hidden agenda which is now common knowledge of everybody. I want to assure you all that steps have been taken to report this flagrant disobedience of the PDP’s Constitution to the appropriate organ of the party at the National Level for appropriate disciplinary action”


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