Ekiti PDP factions rekindle dispute over president post


After a dismal outing in the gubernatorial election, Ekiti’s People’s Democratic Party has resumed hostilities, this time over who will become the party’s president.

The ongoing crisis, which threatened the party’s existence in the state, erupted during the run-up to the gubernatorial primaries which produced Bisi Kolawole as the party’s candidate.

Although a temporary truce was held before and during the election, the Gladiators appeared to have returned to their previous positions which strained party structures.

The fresh disagreement is between the former governor, Ayodele Fayose, and some party leaders over the nomination of Alaba Agboola, as substantial president.

A faction of the party loyal to Mr. Fayose had previously announced Mr. Agboola as substantive chairman, a move that angered other party members.

These aggrieved persons called on the members to disregard the decision of Mr. Fayose and his acolytes.

Mr. Kolawole was the chairman of the party before he was nominated as a candidate for the governorship.

As he pursued the ambition of governorship, his deputy, Lanre Omolase, was appointed to run the party’s affairs on an interim basis.

A statement by Mr. Omolase and made available to reporters, to Ado Ekiti on Monday, said that Mr. Agboola, of Ijero Ekiti, would now be substantive chairman in place of Mr. Kolawole, who resigned from his position as state president to challenge the gubernatorial election.

He said the appointment of Mr. Agboola as the substantial president of the state was among the resolutions taken during the meeting of the State Executive Committee held in Ado Ekiti on Monday.

“During the Exco meeting of the PDP, Ekiti State, held at the State Secretariat of the Party, at the request of Hon. Lanre Omolase on Monday, July 4, 2022 deliberated on the need to appoint a substantive Chairman for our Party in accordance with the Party Constitution,” reads the statement signed by Omolase and Secretary of State, Funmi Ogun .

“Article 47 (6) of the Constitution of our great party, the People’s Democratic Party, states that: “In the event of a vacancy in any of the party offices, the Executive Committee at the appropriate level shall appoint another person from the region. or the area from which the officer hails to fulfill the officer’s mandate.

“As a result and in view of the resignation of our former party chairman, Hon. Bisi Kolawole, who became our party’s standard bearer in the recent election of Governor of Ekiti State, members of the state executive committee present deliberated on a suitable and capable pillar from the same area as our former president and unanimously appointed Hon Alaba Agboola as substantial president, to fulfill the remainder of the term of our former President.

“It was also resolved that the Hon. Lanre Omolase, the President (Acting), is expected to return to his elected position as Vice President of our party, PDP, Ekiti State, while the national officials of our major party, corporate organizations, as well as the many members of our party and the general public be immediately informed of the appointment of our new party president.

But countering the position taken by Mr Fayose loyalists, the party’s secretary of state for publicity, Raphael Adeyanju, said the action was undemocratic.

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“This is to inform the general public that the alleged nomination of the state PDP party chairman by former Governor Fayose should be disregarded in its entirety as he cannot put anything on anything,” he said. he declares.

“The whole process of nominating the President of the State Party is exclusively the responsibility of the State Executive Council (SEC), which comprises all the main stakeholders of the party numbering around 60.

“The state SEC meeting is currently underway to ratify the nomination of the Central Senatorial District, thereby satisfying Article 47(6) of the party constitution.

“The name of the substantial state chairman of PDP, as confirmed by the SEC, will be announced shortly.

“Please disregard all other communications that are not from the party’s official spokesperson.”

Mr. Fayose had always had his way through the disputes that had plagued the party in the past, creating stalemates as well as defections.

The emergence of party candidates in the last election was an example that created a lull in membership participation as only the former governor’s loyalists emerged victorious.

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