By GBENGA ARIYIBI & DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA—It was a case of bitter and sweet for executives of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun and Ekiti states respectively, yesterday, as the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, dissolved all factional groups of the party in Ogun State and directed the Segun Oni-led South- West zonal executive of the party to take over the administration of the crisis-ridden Ogun State chapter of the party while endorsing Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe as the chairman of its Ekiti State chapter.
However, factional chairman of the party in Ogun, Mr. Bayo Dayo, described the take-over directive as an affront against the rule of law, vowing to resist any move to stop his faction from functioning in line with the party’s constitution.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, had after the NWC meeting in Abuja, announced the dissolution of the party executive in Ogun State.
Mean time, Ogundipe has commended the NWC for recognising him as the authentic chairman of the party in Ekiti State.
However, the Publicity Secretary of the Akin Omole-led splinter group, Mr. Jackson Adebayo, said the party’s NWC had not met to take any decision on the crisis in Ekiti State.
Ogundipe, after receiving the news of the NWC’s endorsement, praised the Alhaji Bamangar Tukur-led NWC for “allowing common sense and sanity to prevail on the crisis within the party.”
Until now the party had been polarised into two factions with each parading its executive as the genuine one.
Ogundipe contended that the action had portrayed the party as the only truly democratic party in the country, which believes in the sanctity of people’s votes rather than jackboot democracy.
He saluted the courage of the Tukur-led executive for displaying high level of truthfulness in the matter by authenticating the congress election conducted in Ekiti State under the chairmanship of Alhaji Abduganiyu Cook Olododo.