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Crisis rocks Osun LP congress

OSOGBO—Major crisis engulfed Osun State chapter of the Labour Party yesterday, following attempt by a faction led by a former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade to allegedly hijack the party structure in the state.

Akinbade who is also a governorship aspirant of the party allegedly mobilised his supporters to the state secretariat of the party in Osogbo to attend the state congress of the party where his supporters allegedly caused chaos, a situation which forced the transition committee chairman of the party, Chief Daniel Afilaka out of the venue.

Chief Afilaka and his supporters, according to sources reportedly left the venue of the congress after the meeting started when followers of Akinbade took over the congress and attempted to dominate the party structure in the state.

Akinbade, a former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, recently defected to the LP where he had also declared his intention to contest the August 9 governorship election.

It was learnt that since Akinbade joined the party, his supporters and old members of LP have been having running battle over who will be the new state chairman of the party.

Although Afilaka, who had led the party in interim capacity since Mr Rufus Oyatoro, the former LP state chairman was removed by court, maintained that he was not interested in becoming the chairman of the party, he said he was fighting against injustice in the party.

Afilaka in a chat with newsmen claimed that the state Congress of the party was held in defiance to court injunction, stressing that the party.had got an order restraining INEC from supervising State Congress of the party until Thursday, February 27, adding that he was at the venue of the congress to serve the order on INEC and other parties involved in the matter.


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