Chairmen of the People’s Democratic Party in Lagos, Ondo, Ogun and Osun states have accused Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, of planning to impose former deputy national chairman (South) Chief Olabode George as the party’s national chairman.
The PDP state chairmen also alleged that Governor Makinde planned to also make Senator Hosea Agboola, who is the current Caretaker Chairman in Ekiti State, the zonal chairman of the party.
In a joint letter to the PDP National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, the four PDP state chairmen expressed their displeasure with the zonal meeting held last week in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
They accused the Oyo governor of unilaterally calling a zonal meeting without recourse to the zonal leadership.
The state PDP chairmen warned that the action of the Oyo governor could destabilise the party in the Southwest, urging the National Working Committee act immediately to stem the potential crisis.
The state PDP chairmen’s letter dated 19th June, 2020 was jointly signed by Hon. Deji Doherty (Lagos), Engr. Clement Faboyede (Ondo), Dr. Sikirulai Olawale Ogundele (Ogun), and Elder Sunday Akanfe (Osun).
According to them, “We the undersigned are party chairmen in states of the South West Zone and we feel duty bound to alert you on the need to forestall the festering of any crisis in the South West zone of the party.
“This action becomes necessary in view of the new schism rearing its head in our zone. It is our immediate concern to ensure that all hands are on deck to halt the growth of needless crisis that will negatively affect the health of our party in the South West Zone.
“In this respect, we take due notice of the invitation to a purported South West Zone meeting which held on Friday, 19th June 2020 unilaterally summoned by His Excellency, Engr Oluseyi Makinde, with no recourse whatsoever to the zonal executive. This development if not arrested may signal the beginning of terrible developments in our zone.”