December 24, 2014

Ondo PDP crisis worsens

As Jimoh Ibrahim-led faction takes over party secretariat

By Gbenga Olarinoye

Akure—THE Jimoh Ibrahim-led faction of the Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday took over the party secretariat, thereby deepening the three-month-old crisis of the Party in the state.

Within one month, three chairmen have taken over the secretariat in a bid to control the party structure.

The former embattled state Chairman of the Party, Hon. Ebenezer Alabi resigned following agreement reached during the integration of the new PDP from the Labour Party, LP.

Consequently Governor Olusegun Mimiko-led faction who got the nod of the National Secretariat swore in another Chairman and other State exco members at the Abuja secretariat of the Party.

After the swearing of the new exco the former chairman Alabi handed over the machinery of the party structure to the new helmsman, Clement Faboyede.

However, the business mogul went to court to sack the Faboyede led exco after organising an election in Igbotako his home town in which Dr Olu Ogunye was elected even in absentia.

Ogunye incidentally is a former lecturer of Governor Mimiko during his university days in Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Osun State.

Addressing the faction of the business mogul, the new Chairman, Dr Ogunye said his faction of the party is open to reconciliation with the Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s faction as there is nothing to gain in loss of the coming election.

Ogunye said a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has recognized his faction and the candidates presented by it to contest the elections.

He was optimistic that the party would deliver the state for President Goodluck Jonathan and still win all the elective positions in the state.

According to him, the crisis started when the governor insisted in getting majority of the elective positions

Ogunye said: “The governor wanted to take 17 members of the House of Assembly, six members of the House of Representatives and two senatorial slots at the expense of the old members of the party who had toiled day and night for the success of the party.”

He pointed out that “many of those being paraded as candidates of the party are not members of the party as they have not been registered at the ward levels.”

The factional Chairman said they would not surrender the sovereignty of the party to new comers.

He added that a reconciliation committee would be set up to reconcile the aggrieved members of the party so that they would go to the election as one team.

“We are always open to reconciliation but one thing we will not subscribe to is hijacking of the party structure by the governor. We have all worked for the development of the party but we resist any imposition and dictation from the governor .

“We will always see them as part of us and they will be accommodated as part of us, they’ve come to join our party and cannot push us out of the party. “

Ogunye who acknowledged Governor Mimiko as a grassroots politician and mobiliser regretted that his joining the party has been a minus because of his domineering attitude.