The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oyo State Chapter has accused the south west Zonal Chairman, Dr Eddy Olafeso of fuelling the recent crisis rocking the party in the state, thus, lossing fate in his leadership.
It could be recalled that fresh crisis erupted in the party as a result of harmonisation of the state executive which proposed sharing formular of the 26 state position in the party in ratio 14 and 12 between two groups loyal to former governor in the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and governorship hope, Engr Seyi Makinde despite the approval of the Congress that ushered the National Executive Committee (NEC) that validated the executive.
Speaking with journalists after the party’s State Working Committee (SWC) meeting in Ibadan, on Monday, the state chairman, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha, said the decision became necessary as a result of Olafeso’s connivance with others to rock the boat of the party aim at frustrate former governor Rashidi Ladoja out of the party.
Mustapha said the zonal chairman, who could have intervened by investigating the happening within the party but instead took the matter to Abuja to use a platform that looked as if though he and others invited for last week’s meeting were discussing with the National Working Committee (NWC).
He alleged that the proposed sharing formular of the 26 state offices neither got to the NWC nor the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, but was a secret agenda between Olafeso and others.
This according to Mustapha prompted the national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, to warn against tampering with Oyo PDP executive as currently constituted at last Thursday’s NEC.
The chairman confirmed that personal interest of some people in clinching PDP tickets for 2019 elections generated the current crisis, urging such individuals to put the interest of the suffering people of the state who are yawning for better governance above their personal interest.
He stated that the party would not accept any plan to frustrate Ladoja out of the party because he remains the leader who still enjoys the massive support that could lead PDP to victory in 2019 election in the State and national level.
“The day we shared the offices, we did not do so on the basis of factions but among the five political parties that came together to form the new PDP, namely the old PDP, Accord, SDP, Labour Party and AD.
“While PDP got 13 offices, Accord got only six, SDP, three, Labour Party, 3, and AD, one. Seyi Makinde can’t say he has not got any slots. He has three of the SWC members given to SDP.
“But has Secondus told us he would not be a party to anything that is illegal. We received a call from Abuja that I should see that I bring five people each from Ladoja’s faction and five from Seyi Makinde’s faction. To me personally, I see that as an insult.
“We did the ward and local government congresses successfully and there were neither factions nor rancour. We did not have any problem because the arrowheads of the five parties were appointed coordinators to handle the congresses in the wards and councils.
“We formed a committee of 33 people. But Eddy Olafeso unilaterally increased the number to 47, until he was vetoed by the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led National Caretaker Committee (NWC).
“Makinde himself conducted the congresses in Ibadan North East Local Government Area. Honourable Mulikat Akande-Adeola did the congresses in Ogbomosho North and South councils. Senator Hosea Agboola conducted those of Itesiwaju Local Government Area, while Chief Sharafadeen Alli handled Ibadan North Local Government Area.
“People are yawning for a change in Oyo State and we feel our coming together will bring about the change. If all of us can’t come together, if Ladoja joins us we will win the election. But these people don’t want Ladoja from the onset and they are still on it.
“All that is happening now is just to frustrate Ladoja out of the PDP. But they will not succeed by the grace of God.
“We worked hard to bring Ladoja to PDP unsuccessfully. But it was during Markafi that this was achieved. We know Ladoja has the masses on Oyo State behind him and politics is a game of number. They don’t want Ladoja, but we want him to be the rallying point for Oyo PDP.
“We have told the national headquarters to leave us alone. We will deliver the state. I am exonerating the national chairman, Secondus. But it is the legacy of Markafi that others are trying to destroy”.