Dr. Olusegun Agagu
By James Sowole
The crisis within the campaign organisation of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the October 20 governorship election in Ondo State, deepened at the weekend as directors of various departments of the organisation disagreed sharply with the Director-General, Dr Dare Bada on why the party lost the election.
The Director General had last week alleged that the PDP lost the election due to poor funding and because the former Governor of the state, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, stylishly forced Mr. Olusola Oke, on the party over all other aspirants, including himself.
Bada also stated that he did not know much about the disbursement of the campaign fund when it was eventually released to the candidate.
However, other directors in a statement at the weekend, lambasted the director general accusing him of casting aspersion on the campaign activities, subvert the esteemed party and deride all members of the campaign team and many of the party illustrious leaders.
The statement was signed by Deputy Director General Comrade Alaba Isijola, Director of Finance and Administration Hon. Mayo Akinfolarin, Director of Contact and Mobilisation, Hon. Tony Jaiyeola Director of Youth mobilisation, Hon. Dele Osakuade, Director of Woman mobilisation, Mrs Ajonibode and Director of Media and Strategy, Mr Kunle Adebayo.
“The ultimate goal is obviously to cause disaffection among our members and lower the esteem of the party in the eyes of Nigerians and the electorate. It is now clear that the aim is intentional mischief, sabotage and Chicanery, we are constraint to make this succinct and sober statement, strictly to set the record straight,” the director stated.
Contrary to Bada’s claim, the directors said that the campaign was reasonably funded by the candidate himself as well as through support of loyal and responsible party establishment.
“We are also aware that as a successful legal practitioner and former national Legal Adviser to our great party, Chief Oke personally sought and brought support and influence of his highly valuable and influential friends into his campaign efforts.
“Secondly, against Bada’ s ludicrous claim that he has no knowledge of how the campaign funds were disbursed during the campaign and before, we wish to put it on record that Bada was not only personally in charge but was directly instrumental to disbursement, under 12 sub- heads, of substantial amount not less than seventy percent of the total sum spent on the elections, as recorded in a classified document, solely prepared, personally signed and submitted by same Bada, at the behest of the candidate,” the directors said.
The directors, who described Bada as a lone ranger said “the working committee of our party, the elders and leaders committee as well as members of our party have formally and at open meetings, expressed satisfaction and pride at our candidate, Chief Olusola Oke and the entire campaign team.
“To stress the obvious fact again, we received appreciable support from our party’s National Headquarters and the Presidency and everyone knows the election was lost to organised rigging as well as sabotage by highly placed leaders whose current actions are now betraying their evil intentions,” the directors said.
They said the entire campaign organisation, with exception of the Bada, is intact, bold, resolute and united against the perfidy and sabotage demonstrated by Bada.
“We condemn in strongest terms, the attempt to portray us as irresponsible, cantankerous and disloyal leaders of the party”, the directors stated.