IBADAN - Things are falling apart in the Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) just two months after it held parallel congresses in Ibadan, the state capital as some concerned members of the party yesterday called for sanctions against some of its leaders.
Not only that the members who was vehement in their position that only the leadership of the former Governors Rashidi Ladoja and Adebayo Alao-Akala remained the key to the PDP’s victory in the 2015 elections, also appealed to the party’s leadership at the national level to set machinery in motion for the harmonization of the congresses and inclusion of Accord party members into the executives at all the three levels in the State; wards, Local and State.
Speaking with the Political Correspondents at a press conference , the concerned leaders of the party under the leadership of the former Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Ayodele Adigun with the former Special Adviser to Governor Akala on Media, Prince Dotun Oyelade, a former special assistant on Public Affairs, Chief Gbade Ishola, Dr. Aderemi Ayodele and Professor Soji Adejumo , said it was sad to note that the leadership of their party at the National Secretariat in Abuja had to give its backing to some dissidents in the party and treated their stakeholders in the state as second fiddle in a matter relating to the existence of their party [PDP] .
Describing Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, Sen .Lekan Balogun, Elder Wole Oyelese, Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi and Sen .Teslim Kolawole Folarin as “dissidents, renegades and disgruntled ” members of the party alleged them of being the brains behind the party’s failure in the 2011 general election in the state .
The PDP who were embittered, therefore wanted the five to be sanctioned for their alleged anti-party activities in line with article 21 of the party’s constitution.
Said the PDP leaders “The combined efforts of these renegade members, and their ally, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), coupled with the entry of the Accord Party floated by Senator Ladoja apart from putting the PDP at a disadvantaged position, also left its electoral fortunes in jeopardy.
They claimed that “All the five renegades without exception, lost miserably to the new Accord party and the ACN in their various wards and local governments.
They were unable to deliver a single polling unit at the polls. These are the same characters who before the elections flaunted fake political credentials to gain recognition at the presidency and PDP National headquarters.