Vanguard (Lagos)

20 February 2013

Nigeria: PDP's NWC Moves to Eject Obasanjo's Loyalists From Ogun Secretariat

Abeokuta — INDICATION emerged Tuesday that the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was planning to eject members of a faction loyal to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Ogun State from the party Secretariat in Kuto Abeokuta. The faction currently occupies the secretariat..

The NWC in a letter to the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, and by the party National Secretary, Onwe Onwe urged the IGP to order the state

Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, to allow the newly recognised faction operate as a legitimate and substantive state Executive.

"Following the unanimous resolution of the National Working Committee of our great party on February 14,2013, I am pleased to inform you that the party is in compliance with the judgment of Justice Archibong in suit No; FHC/L/CS/347/2012 delivered on May 2012 which recognised the Engr. Adebayo Dayo-led PDP State Exco in Ogun State as duly elected.

"In view of the above, you are kindly requested to use your good office to direct the Commissioner of Police in Ogun State to ensure that Engr. Adebayo Dayo-led PDP state Exco be allowed to operate as legitimate and substantive State Chapter Exco of our great party in Ogun State."

Meanwhile, PDP's financier in the state, Buruji Kashamu, while speaking with newsmen in Ijebu-Igbo after a stakeholders' meeting, claimed former President Olusegun Obasanjo imposed former Military Administrator of Oyo and Ekiti states, Gen. Adetunji Olurin (rtd), the action which he said worked against the party.

According to him: "If we had known, we could have advised our father better that with the age of Olurin and the position of Olurin then, there was no way he could have won the election in Ogun State because, he lacked experience

"There were lots of young people, intelligent and well educated people, like former Speaker, Dimeji Bankole; Hon. Kayode Amusan and Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello. We had many young people we could have used. We have Abiola's children, even from Yewa we would have got an eligible candidate. Even, as we've won now, we would bring Ogun State to normal. By the time we work hard, whether they like it or not, PDP must take over the state."

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