A major crisis is rocking the Kwara State Branch of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the list of elected delegates of the party in the sixteen local government councils.
However, WESTERN POST gathered that the 12 gubernatorial aspirants of the party have formed a forum known as “Kwara PDP Governorship Aspirants’ Forum” with a resolve to work against the disintegration of the party after the governorship primary of the party.
The crisis, which continued to brew during the week, was as a result of attempts by some governorship aspirants of the party to change the list of elected delegates from some of the 193 wards in the state after the November 1st ward congress of the party.
It was alleged that some governorship aspirants had spread their tentacles to the Wadata Plaza national secretariat of the PDP to change the list of delegates elected during the last ward congress.
As a result of the alleged plan to change the list of delegates, some of the gubernatorial aspirants have made the national secretariat of PDP their home, keeping watch over the list of delegates sent from the state.
WESTERN POST gathered that though the First Lady Patience Jonathan’s planned to meet last Monday with the 12 aspirants, the parley could not hold as a result of the blackmail being peddled around that Mrs. Jonathan wanted to use the opportunity to impose a candidate on the party in the state.
It was also alleged that the First Lady had also persuaded the two Presidential Aides who had earlier resigned to return to their posts.
The 12 gubernatorial aspirants in the state are Professor Shuaib Oba Abdulraheem, Senator Suleiman Ajadi, Alhaji Mohammed Dele Belgore (SAN), Senator Simon SuleAjibola, Senator GbemisolaSaraki, AlhajiJani Ibrahim, AlhajiAbdulrahmanAbdulrazaq, Engineer Sunday Babalola, Dr. John Dara, Mr.AkeemLawal and Alhaji Bio Ibrahim.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the report that the two aides of the president, Professor Abdulraheem and Senator Ajadi, who earlier reportedly resigned their appointments as Chairman, Federal Character commission and Special
Adviser on National Assembly Matters respectively, were persuaded to withdraw their resignation letters, was not correct Chairman of PDP in the state,ChiefIyiolaOyedepo, denied the rumour that the two presidential aides had withdrawn their resignation letters, saying that there was no such move that the duo should return to their former posts Oyedepo while speaking on Harmony FM, a Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria programme entitled “PDP Gbode” said it was not true that the executive wanted to impose a candidate on the party in the state.
According to him, though, there was an attempt by some people to change the list of delegates elected during the ward congress, which was supervised by Senator IyiolaOmisore who led four others, stating that some of the list tampered with in the state had been corrected.
He said, “ it is true that attempts were made to substitute names of elected delegates in Oke-Ero andEkiti local government areas of the state, the person who attempted it was caught and the list was corrected.
He also said that there were problems in Asa local government as the factions could not agree on the system to use in choosing the delegates while the delegates election could not be concluded in five wards of Ilorin west Local government council.
Oyedepo said that the list of delegates in 14 of 16 local governments are intact, adding that “as I am talking to you now, the list of delegates in 14 of the 16 councils are ready except that of
Asa and Ilorin West local councils. I can confirm to you that the list of delegates in the 14 local governments is intact and nobody has tampered with it.”
He blamed the leaders of the party in Ilorin West local government for not been able to sit down and agree to hold ward congress in Ilorin west local government adding that “we are waiting for them to agree and send the list of their ward delegates to the state secretariat where we will forward it to the national secretariat of PDP in Abuja”.
The chairman appealed to all members of the party including the gubernatorial aspirants to allow peace to reign in the party adding that “ if we want our new slogan “Freedom for Kwara” to manifest, we should unite and work for the progress of the party so that we can win the 2015 election for the PDP”.