Ogun PDP faction accuses police of bias, denies vandalizing secretariat

The party secretary of the Obasanjo faction, Dapo Adeyemi, called the new occupants of the secretariat mischief-makers.

The Olusegun Obasanjo-backed faction of the Ogun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday accused the police of not allowing them take out their property and documents before opening the secretariat to the rival faction.

The accusation was in reaction to the Bayo Dayo-led executive accusing them of vandalising the secretariat while they had control of it.

The party secretary of the Obasanjo backed faction, Dapo Adeyemi, called the new occupants of the secretariat mischief-makers, adding that his group’s “reservation on the decision of the Police to open the Secretariat for the (Mr. Dayo) faction without informing us, if only to enable us take our documents from the offices.

‘The fact that we were the last occupants of the place before the Police moved in on December 19, 2012 makes it mandatory for them to allow us access to the place to remove our documents before allowing the faction to take occupation.

“A letter written to the Commissioner of Police on February, 8 2012 asking him to allow us access to collect these documents was not granted until when they decided to open it for the Kashamu faction,” Mr. Adeyemi said.

He explained further that, “It is on record that we took over the Secretariat on October 5, 2012 and some days later, precisely, October 9, 2012, we addressed a press conference at the secretariat where pressmen were conducted round the entire complex to see the condition of the place when we took over.

“We had video recordings of the place before we took over and after the first renovation exercises before we started operations there. A copy each of the video recordings was handed over to the State Security Services operatives when they came to the Secretariat on a routine visit.”

“In view of this,” Mr. Adeyemi added, “it is therefore the greatest height of mischief and irresponsibility for Adebayo Dayo to express any regret when they got to the Secretariat.”

Mr. Adeyemi also said that it was important to correct the wrong impression, which the statement of Mr. Dayo could create or might have created in the minds of the people.

“Maybe, he (Mr. Dayo) is regretting the fact that with over N30 million released by the National Secretariat to his predecessor, of which he, Dayo Bayo, was an influential member, they could not do anything until we got there,” Mr. Adeyemi added.

He stated further that “in view of the fact that matters relating to the leadership of the party were being handled by the PDP Governors Forum Reconciliation Committee, his faction would refrain from making any further comments until the matters have finally been taken care of.”

‘We, however, maintain that the National Secretariat by its decision of February15, 2013 is in contempt of a ruling of the Appeal Court which had granted a Stay of Execution of the Order on which they based their decision,” he said.

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