By DAYO JOHNSON
Akure – A factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State, Dr Akin Olowookere, yesterday, threatened to expel the former governor of the state, Dr. Olusegun Agagu and some other leaders of the party in the state.
This came as the national leaders of the party waded into the polarisation of the party in the state occasioned by the conduct of the last state congress.
The leaders of the party from the South-West invited the factions to a peace meeting to resolve the crisis which led to the emergence of two parallel states executives.
The Agagu faction has always said there was no faction in PDP in the state and described the Olowookere group as “jesters and spoilers.”
At a briefing after the meeting of the group in Akure, Olowookere accused the faction led by the former governor of causing disunity in the party, lamenting that with the way the party was now, “we cannot win a local government election talk more of a governorship election.”
Olowookere said his group had resolved to retrieve the party from some leaders that were no longer recognised by the national headquarters of the party.
He said: ”We cannot allow our destiny to be usurped by cheats. In the last congress, cheating was used to ensure that the transitional committee members were returned as executive council members. But some of us that cannot stomach this have agreed to liberate the party and put it in the right path. We will reposition the party to relevance at the state and the federal levels.”
He claimed his faction had halted the defection of members to either the ruling Labour Party, LP, or the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
According to him, the group would unfold its agenda after the April 16 court verdict which according to him would vindicate the group.
Olowookere said, “We the PDP integrity group is out to reinvent, reposition the PDP in Ondo State. Our struggle is not borne out of ego but on principle. We resolutely committed to winning the next governorship election in the state and would prevent the death of the party in the state.
Olowookere said that the group was anxiously awaiting the court verdict on April 16 after which it would make some pronouncement.