17 December 2012

Nigeria: Ogun PDP Factions Disagree Over Tukur's Endorsement

Abeokuta — The Adebayo Dayo-led State Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State, has faulted claims that the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, affirmed the Dipo Odujinrin-led group as the party executive in the state.

A statement issued yesterday by Dayo faction, said while it is true that Tukur visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his hilltop residence in Abeokuta, there was nowhere he was quoted as affirming Odujinrin as the Chairman of the party.

"Rather, what our respectable National Chairman said was that 'whoever that the people have elected, as far as I'm concerned is the chairman of our party in Ogun'," he said.

Dayo added: "We are aware that it was the sacked National Auditor of the PDP, Bode Mustapha that manipulated the remarks of the National Chairman to suit his selfish interest.

"Our National Chairman knows that our exco emerged from the congresses organized by the Dayo Soremi-led Harmonised Exco under the supervision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other relevant agencies, and the Odujinrin group's had no INEC representatives.

"Even the Congress Monitoring Committees of the party also declared the purported congresses as null and void. Again, the November 16, 2012 judgment of the Federal High Court, Lagos, which sacked the Odujinrin group, confirmed the position of the committees.

"What is more, INEC and the several court judgments have also affirmed our Exco. So, if the National Chairman says whoever is elected by the people is the Chairman, then, with all sense of modesty, he could not be referring to any other person but me.

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