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Ogun PDP Congresses:Bankole, Kashamu Tangle Over Control

Some high ranked members of People Democratic Party (PDP), Ogun State chapter are reportedly worming up for post election battle should any unacceptable decision follows the party’s poll, which comes up soon, to elect its new leaders from the wards to local government and state levels.
ogun pdpThere seems to be unease within the camps of some power blocs in the party. The PDP has about three power blocs struggling for either the continuous control or total takeover of the party in the state.
The power blocs are being led by the representing Ogun East Senatorial district and a chieftain of the party, Buruji Kashamu, former Speaker of House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and the former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel. Now, the PDP is being controlled by Kashamu who successfully installed the outgoing executive of the party from the wards to the local government and state levels.
Barring last minute change of mind, the PDP may hold its congresses in February to usher in new leaders to propel the canoe of the party for the next four years. According to the PDP constitution, all National, Zonal, State, Local Government Area and Ward Officers of the Party shall hold office for a term of four years and shall be eligible for re-election for another term and no more.
Meanwhile with the situation of things, only Kashamu and Bankole seem to be warming up for the forthcoming congresses as the Daniel camp seems to be indifferent to the congresses.
However, in his bid to take over the structure, Bankole who organised a new year party under the aegis of Dimeji Bankole Movement for his loyalists in the party, warned that he may quit the party if the coming congresses are manipulated.
According to the former Speaker, “I am still in PDP, if they repeat the same manipulation they did at the last congresses, we will react. The event in the next few months will determine our actions”.
On his part, Kashamu, in effort to sustaining the control of the party, has inaugurated coordinators across the state. Kashamu, who played a host to hundreds of party leaders and members at Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State, during an empowerment programme for the PDP members in the state under his Omo Ilu Foundation, announced his plans to donate cars to all the coordinators numbering about 100 in the 20 local governments.
According to Kashamu, five coordinators in each local government would be given cars while about 4000 people would be given various empowerment packs. He however, denied any plan to manipulate the forthcoming congresses, saying, the era of sitting in your room and writing the names of the delegates and executive members of the party has gone.
Kashamu also ruled out the idea of harmonisation and reconciliation of different emerging power blocs in the party. He noted that each group should embark on massive mobilisation and sensitisation of their members ahead of the congresses. Kashamu said he would not be a party to any form of manipulation during the congresses, which would hold in the wards, local government and state.
He urged the leaders of the different power blocs to play by the rules of the party.

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