The PDP in Ogun State is still in crisis.
About two weeks after the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party officially recognised a faction of the party in Ogun State, the secretariat of the party in the state is still sealed by the Ogun State Police Command.
The National Working Committee of the PDP, on February 15, declared that it only recognised the Ogun State Chapter led by Adebayo Dayo. The faction is loyal to controversial businessman, Buruji Kashamu, and is opposed to another, led by Dipo Odunjinrin, which has the support of former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
A month before the PDP’s decision, supporters of the two factions clashed violently at the party secretariat using charms and other various weapons. Each faction wanted to take control of the secretariat.
The December 19 violent clash occurred days after the Mr. Odunjinrin led faction took control of the secretariat.
The Ogun police intervened, arrested some suspects, and sealed off the secretariat, which remains sealed.
With the position of the PDP national leadership, which it based on a court ruling, party members and observers had expected the recognised faction to occupy the secretariat and commence their official duties.
Findings by PREMIUM TIMES showed that Mr. Dayo and his other party members are yet to take control of the party secretariat two weeks after their recognition.
The faction boasted that they would occupy the secretariat on Monday, February 25. They could not.
The chairman, Mr. Dayo, attributed the delay to internal problems which would be solved soon.
He added that a letter had been written to the police by the party’s national headquarters for permission to take over the secretariat.
“We have informed the police, our national headquarters had written letter to the police, and we are getting good signal.
“Ogun State Police Command is waiting for the directive of Inspector General. I can assure you that in the next few weeks we shall take over the secretariat,” the chairman said.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the Ogun State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, said he was not aware of any letter by the PDP leadership.
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