By Tunde Oyekola
The three-member Appeal Panel set up by the Peoples Democratic
Party(PDP), to look into complaints that arose from last Saturday’s
congress of the party began its sitting in Ilorin today (Tuesday) at the
party’s secretariat along Asa Dam road in the state capital.
The panel headed by Barrister Ody Ajike will treat petitions on the
congress in seven local government areas which include Asa, Ilorin
West, Ilorin East, Ekiti, Oke-Ero, Moro and Patigi.
The other two members of the panel are Hon Halima Labbo and Hon
Mohammed N.Tanko who serves as the secretary to the panel.
The panel will look into cases of alleged substitution of names,
falsification and hijacking of election results while on transit and
Western Post gathered that there were pockets of protests in Ilorin at
the party secretariat on Sunday by party members who felt aggrieved
about the conduct of the congress.
It was gathered that a chieftain of the party was seriously beaten
when he attempted to alter the names of the delegates elected in one
of the local governments in Kwara South senatorial district. It was
gathered that the names of two delegates were allegedly changed in
transit in Oke-Ero while five were allegedly changed in Ekiti. It was
alleged that names of elected delegates of wards in Asa local
government were also changed before the list got to the party
secretariat in Ilorin.
Also, there was alleged falsification of names in Gambari ward in
Ilorin East local government while election was inconclusive in
Oju-Ekun Sarumi, Balogun Ajikobi and Balogun Alanamu wards in Ilorin
West local government area.
There was also a problem in one of the wards in Lade district of Patigi local government.
The State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Rex Olawoye, who confirmed
the development said the congress was a success in the state.
Chief Olawoye who said that some of the problems had been rectified
stated that the appeal panel set up by the National Secretariat of the
party would further look at the grievances and provide solutions to
He also said the panel would also look at areas where the
congresses were inconclusive adding that the state working committee of
the party would work on how elections would be held in the affected