*Presidency Meets With PDP Leaders Today
The crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party PDP appears unabated across the South west zone of the federation as the alleged suspension of the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory FCT, Jumoke Akinjide and Senator Ayo Adeseun from the party by the Yekinni Adeojo faction of the party has worsened the troubles afflicting the party sequel to the defeat of the party in Oyo State at the last general elections.
In Lagos State, loyalists of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Musliu Obanikoro removed the Chairman of the party in Lagos on Monday with the Bode George-led faction quickly rising against the move and reinstated Shille as the rightful chairman of the party.
For allegedly working against the aspiration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State culminating in their gubernatorial flag-bearer, Senator Teslim Folarin, occupying the unenviable fourth position in the election, the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, alongside a serving Senator, Ayoade Adeseun, and a former factional chairman of the party, Alhaji Kunmi Mustafa, were suspended from the party for anti-party activities.
Also suspended was a PDP leader in Ogbomoso, Chief Saka Balogun, a former House of Representatives member, Dr. Maroof Akinwande and others believed to have either pitched tent with Rashidi Ladoja’s Accord Party or Labour Party’s Adebayo Alao-Akala in the state, during the April 11 election.
Their suspension was said to have been unilaterally authorised by the party’s leader in the state, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo.
For the first time since 1999, the PDP in the state performed woefully, save for a single House of Representatives seat won by Segun Odebunmi in Surule/Ogo-Oluwa constituency out of the 14 federal constituencies, the party did not win any seat in the senatorial districts and also lost the entire 32 House of Assembly seats to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) (18 seats), Accord’s eight and Labour Party’s six.
Another prominent member of the party in the state, Chief Olopeeyan condemned the suspension of the party chiefs by the state exco of the party. Probably finding tulip in the way removal of Shille was handled and effectively checkmated by the Bode George faction of the party, Olopoeeyan on Tuesday moved against the alleged suspension of the party leaders in the state, saying the state exco has no such powers.
He however, called for the warring factions to sheathe their swords and work assiduously for the resuscitation of the party to give the APC a good run for its money as the major opposition party in the next political dispensation.
The Presidency has however, invited some key members of the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees, National Working Committee and Elders Caucus to a meeting aimed at resolving the raging crisis in the party.
A B0T member and a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Olabode George, who made this known on Tuesday, said the meeting would hold in Abuja today.
It was gathered that two leaders were invited from each of the six geo-political zones to attend the meeting.
A top member of the party from the South-West, however, told our correspondent that the meeting was summoned by the BoT Chairman, Tony Anenih.
George said, “I have no idea how we were picked for the meeting. If a person has a serious ailment, he will require a serious surgery and that is what we want to do. The party must hold a closed-door meeting. We cannot deceive ourselves and we must be factual to ourselves. It is at that meeting that we will reason together.
“The meeting is critical because time is going. If we leave issues until after May 29, nobody will show up for any meeting. It is not a matter of a witch-hunt . The important thing is to reposition the party. If there are strong arguments to sustain and retain anybody, we will accept.
“But they cannot say we should not meet. This will be the first meeting since the elections. Mu’azu is the one that should have convened the meeting but he is not around. We are just hearing all sorts of things.”
But a top PDP chief alleged that invitations were sent only to the BoT board members backing the calls for the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu.
He said, “I learnt that Chief Anenih secretly called an emergency meeting of some selected BoT members. I don’t know why it was George and Adeojo that were chosen from the South-West. I hope they are not planning to destroy our party.
“If they want to remove Mu’azu, is this the way to go about it? I know that those that were invited are desperate to have our national chairman out of the way. But I can assure you that their decisions will not be binding on us as members of the BoT.”
It was learnt that the meeting would review the party’s defeat at the general elections and deliberate on how to reposition it ahead of future elections.