‎Gbenga Daniel, Bankole, Kashamu hold separate PDP congresses in Ogun

Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole
Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole

The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday held three separate congresses to elect its executive committee, rekindling an over seven-year-old crisis in the party.

The elections were held by factions loyal to a former governor of the state, Gbenga Daniel; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; and the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, respectively.

While the Daniel faction held its congress at the Obasanjo Presidential Library, the Bankole group held its own at Alake Palace while the Kashamu’s loyalists organised its own at the party’s secretariat, all in Abeokuta, the state capital.

A PREMIUM TIMES’ correspondent who monitored the congresses said all three venues were manned by a large number of security operatives who thoroughly scrutized delegates before they voted.

However, it was observed that notable supporters of Mr. Daniel were sighted at all the venues as delegates.

Some notable party chieftains sighted at the Obasanjo Presidential Library where the Daniel faction held its congress include a former deputy governor, Salimot Badru, a former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Sarafa Ishola, serving member of House of Representatives, Ladi Adebutua, and a former chairman Imeko-Afon Local Government Area, Albert Ashipa and Iyabo Apampa.

Those at Kashamu faction of congress include a former PDP governorship candidate, Gboyega Isiaka, the immediate past chairman of state party, Bayo Dayo and a former commissioner, Fatai Sowemimo.

A former member Ogun State House of Assembly, Fasiu Bakenne, Wale Egunleti, Giwa Mufu-Oseni, Yinka Sosinde, Biodun Ogunbiyi, Johnson Fatoki, Gbenga Adebayo-Oladunni and Women Leader, Titi Odedele were among notable party members that attended the congress held by the Bankole faction.

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