By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—The crisis rocking Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State, yesterday, worsened as three factions held parallel congresses across the 20 local government areas in the state.
Vanguard observed that the exercise took the same pattern as Saturday’s ward congresses, which were conducted by three factions.
The three factions, which conducted the congresses at separate locations across the state, were led by the state Chairman, Mr. Bayo Dayo; former House of Representatives Speaker, Dimeji Bankole, and a member of House of Representatives, Ladi Adebutu, respectively.
In Abeokuta South Local Government, Bankole’s faction held its congress at the Ake Palace, Adebutu’s faction held its at the Centenary Hall, a distance of about 200 metres apart, while Dayo’s faction held its at Igbore Town Hall, at Igbore.
Vanguard checks revealed that the situation was the same at other councils in the state.
The congresses were, however, peaceful in spite of the separate exercises where different sets of new leaders emerged at the various locations.
Some of the new executives, who spoke to Vanguard , expressed regrets at the development and called on the national body to wade into the crisis and re-unite the three factions.
There was confusion as the new sets of executives all claimed authenticity.
Chairman of the Congress Committee for Ogun State, Alhaji Mohammed Al-Yakub, however, denied knowledge of the parallel congresses, saying that he was only aware of the congresses held at designated centres by his committee.
He added that he had divided the 11-man committee into three to monitor the exercise in the three senatorial districts of the state.
Al-Yakub, who said reports from the field had indicated that the exercise was smooth and peaceful across the state, said: “I am not aware of any parallel congress in Ogun because we have designated centres for each local government.”