The leadership tussle within the Proples Democratic Party in Ondo State resurged on Tuesday as a factional chairman of the party, Olu Ogunye, submitted a parallel list of candidates for the coming local council election.
Mr. Ogunye is insisting that he is the authentic chairman of the party, and that he was chosen by authentic members of the party, backed by a Federal High Court ruling.
He told journalists in Akure on Tuesday that the judgment declared that the former chairman of the party, Ebenezer Alabi and other state, local and ward executives in the state, had a tenure of four years from March I0, 2012 to March 9th 2016 .
He said following the resignation of Mr. Alabi and other members of his executive, he remained the authentic chairman of the PDP in the state.
Mr. Ogunye said the list of candidates for the forthcoming local government elections raised by the Clement Faboyede- led PDP faction was illegal.
He said Mr. Faboyede was not the state chairman of the party and lacked the capacity to conduct the business of the party in whatever guise.
“I and my Executive Committee are pleased to inform you that we have no issue with the date and the election, we wish to call the attention of the public to a cog that may stop the process of the election,” he said.
“You are aware of the circumstances that brought me into office as PDP chairman in Ondo state. My ascension was validated by the judgement of Justice Ademola of the Federal High Court , Abuja. The said judgement was delivered on the 28th November, 2014.
“In our capacity as the official agents of the party in Ondo state, we have organised and conducted party primaries for the chairmanship and councillorship aspirants of our party using the statutory delegates recognised by law.
“We hereby state clearly that Hon. Faboyede Clement is not the state chairman of the PDP and that he lacks the capacity to conduct the business of the party in any guise, especially a constitutional role of the substantive of the party,” he said.
However, the party’s Publicity Secretary in the state, Banji Okunomo, described Mr. Ogunye as a “clown” and a “dreamer”.
“For anyone to at this stage want to masquerade himself as the chairman of the party in the state, having gone this far, is an exercise in futility,” Mr. Okunomo said.
He maintained that there was no faction within PDP in the state, stating that Ogunye and his executive had ceased to be members of the party in the state.
“No faction within PDP in Ondo state and there is no contention as to the authenticity of the Chairmanship position occupied by Faboyede and his executive,” Mr. Okunomo said.
“I want to regard this as a rumour and a huge joke which is far from the truth and cannot hold water.”