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PDP holds two parallel Congresses in Ondo

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PDP Holds 2 Parallel Congresses in Ondo

As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held it Ward Congresses nationwide yesterday, the Ondo State Chapter of the party held two parallel congresses and both factions were claiming to be holding authentic congresses.
The factional chairman of the party, Mr Ebenezer Alabi has vowed to hold a parallel Congress despite the dissolution of the State Executive by the National Working Committee of the party.
However, in some of the wards visited by Western Post in Akure South and Akure North Local Government areas of the state, the exercise went on peacefully while security agents were also present at the centre to prevent possible breakdown of law and order.
Speaking on the exercise, the Chairman of the purported dissolved state executive, Mr Ebenezer Alabi, said the exercise was very peaceful, saying there was no crisis at all the centres where the exercise was being held .
He also regarded the exercise being conducted by the other faction of the party as illegal and against the party’s constitution, maintaining that exercise held by his faction was the authentic congress.
He said Governor Olusegun Mimiko and other new defectors to the party were not eligible to participate in the congress because they did not register with the party when the membership registration was going on at the ward level, reiterating that they joined the party when the registration for the Congress at Ward level had closed a month ago .
Alabi disclosed that the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ), security agents and other stakeholders were present at the exercise.
He said : “The congress has been peaceful, I appreciate our people for coming out in their numbers to participate in the exercise, I also appreciate the INEC officials and security agents for making the exercise a success.”
Expressing the authenticity of his own parallel congress. Alabi said, ” it is only those names that appeared on the register at the ward level as at 1st of October, 2014, that can participate in this exercise, anybody who is not a member of that party as at that time is not entitled to participate.
” The PDP Constitution says when the party membership register at the Ward level has been closed 30 days to the Congress, any person who joins the party after that  can not participate in the congress ”
On the contrary, the Caretaker Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Dare Adeleke said the congress conducted by his faction was the authentic, saying it went peacefully .
He said the other faction’s congress was not recognized by the National body of the party, claiming that all stakesholders were present to monitor the exercise, including the security agents and the officials of INEC.
Reacting to the claims by Alabi , the Caretaker Chairman said :  ” anybody can claim to be anything, we are not concerned about that, all I know is that our own congress is very peaceful, we have INEC officials, the security agents were present at the Centres , also the national officer of the party were around to monitor the exercise. ” we are the real PDP.

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