By Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA – THE Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] ward congresses in Ogun State was marred Tuesday as the two factions of the party held separates congresses at some designated areas.
There was however no report of any violence as each group kept to its designated venue of its congress.
Two factions of the party – the Governor Olubenga 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 – had been at daggers drawn for sometime over the control of the party with each side claiming to be the authentic.
While the Joju Fadairo group insists that they were duly elected at the State Congress, the Dayo Soremi group insists on the harmonization of the State executive Council of the party as directed by the National Working Committee of the party.
The Jubril 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 as Speaker Dimeji Bankole is said to have crossed over to the Daniel group.
In the Daniel camp are members of the Party Executive, Commissioners, Special adviser and Assistants and Local Government Chairmen.
The Soremi faction therefore at the weekend put up paid advertisements in some newspapers specifying designated places for the congress in each ward across the 20 local government areas of state different from the areas designated by the Joju Fadairo led executive.
The congresses started very early and were already concluded by noon.
At former President Olusegun Obasanjo’ Ward 11 Totoro area of Abeokuta North Local Government, the Joju Fadairo group held its congress at the Gateway Secondary School, Ita –Iyalode while the Dayo Soremi Group held its congress at the Anglican High School on Quarry Road.
Reports also from Ijebu-Ode and Ijebu-Igbo also indicated that the two groups had their congresses separately.