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Ogun: Bankole meets PDP elders

By Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA—IN a bid to put an end to the intractable crisis rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole yesterday, held a meeting with the elders of the party in Abeokuta, the state capital. The meeting was held at the home of the recently reinstated Chairman of the State Elders Council, Chief Sule Onabiyi.

In attendance were Onabiyi, former Minister of Finance; Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye, former Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo; Dr. Doyin Okupe and several others who have been at logger heads with Governor Olugbenga Daniel.

While the elders on one hand had been at loggerheads with Governor Daniel over his alleged absolute control of the party, and their alienation and on the other hand, 15 members of the House of Assembly led by Speaker Tunji Egbetokun over the running of the state.

Also at daggers drawn are two of the three senators from the state, Senators Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello and Lekan Mustapha with about five of the nine House of members from the state on their side.

The crisis prompted the dissolution of the Elders Council which was ordered reinstated by the reconciliation committee in Abuja a couple of weeks ago.

Although details of yesterday’s meeting were unavailable, Vanguard gathered that it was a continuation of the process of putting an end to the crisis as directed by the Senator Ike Nwachuckwu committee which had met with the warring factions.

Specifically, Vanguard gathered that the party had ordered the reconstitution of the party executives from the Ward to the State levels with the leader of the party, former President Obasanjo providing 25 percent of the leaders.

Speaker Dimeji Bankole in the directive is to provide 25 percent, Governor Daniel 25 percent and the elders, the remaining 25 percent.

It was gathered that process for the reconstitution had started, prompting the meeting of the elders yesterday to finalise how the whole lists would be harmonized and how to conclude the process. Leaders of the party declined comments on the meeting which continued after Speaker Bankole had left.


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