By Gbenga Oke & Daud Olatunji
Lagos and a faction of the Ogun State chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have called for the expulsion of Senator Buruji Kashamu from the party, accusing him of anti-party activities and antics meant to destroy the party.
They stated this in their resolutions in Ado-Ekiti during the meeting of the reconciliation committee set up by the national leadership of the party in the South-West zone chaired by Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose.
But in swift reaction, the embattled leadership of the PDP in Ogun State, said the constitution of the party does not recognize Governor Ayodele Fayose as the leader of the party in South-West.
The dissolved Ogun exco led by the Chairman of the PDP in the state, Adebayo Dayo described Fayose as the biggest problem PDP has in the South-West.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the Ekiti meeting, the Zonal Secretary, Reverend Bunmi Jenyo, said leaders from the two states endorsed the resolutions.
Among PDP leaders who signed the resolutions were former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Capt. Tunji Shelle, Chief Joju Fadairo, Alhaji Sikirulahi Olawale among others.
The resolutions read: “After extensive deliberations with the Reconciliation Committee, we, party delegates from Lagos and Ogun States, arrived at the following resolutions: To work together as one united party and to learn from the past mistakes and happenings in the party; that the National Working Committee of our great party should deal and relate with the true leaders of Lagos and Ogun PDP under the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.
Also, they called for the immediate expulsion of Senator Buruji Kashamu for his anti-party actions and destructive antics in the South-West.
Speaking during the meetings, Fayose said while the party was interested in reconciliation, those who have gone astray must repent first and promise not to go astray again or undermine the progress of the party.
He called on the leaders of the party in both states to give room for genuine repentant dissidents to come back.
The governor added that with unity amongst them, PDP would win subsequent polls in the states.
The Zonal Chairman, Olorogun Eddy Olafeso, thanked members for their support and steadfastness during turbulent period the party went through.
Fayose not PDP S-West leader – Ogun dissolved exco
Meantime, the embattled leadership of the party in Ogun State yesterday, said the constitution of the party does not recognize Ekiti State governor ,Ayodele Fayose as the leader of the party in South West, saying, the party constitution has been amended and entrusted the leadership of the party in the state to the Chairmen .
The embattled Chairman in the state, Adebayo Dayo, stated this at the state party Secretariat ,Kuto, Abeokuta during a press conference, describing the governor as rather the biggest problem of the party in the region.
The national Caretaker Committee had announced the dissolution of executives in Ogun, Oyo, Osun and four other states during the recent non-elective national convention in Abuja.
Reacting to the dissolution ,the state Chairman accused Fayose of misleading the Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee on the issue surrounding the emergence of the executive in the affected states .
Speaking on the South West reconciliatory moves in Ekiti state,Dayo who was flanked by other members of the embattled executive including the state Secretary, Semiu Sodipo and Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Adeniji, said the meeting was a personal one called by Fayose and was being attended by his friends, adding that the outcome would not have any effect on the party executive and members in the region.