PDP Declares South-west Zonal Congress Illegal

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By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

The National Secretary of the Peoples  Democratic Party (PDP) Professor . Wale Oladipo, has described the South-west zonal congress, which took place on Saturday as illegal.

 Oladipo and governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose had engaged in a verbal war over the propriety of going ahead with the zonal congress despite a court injunction restraining the party from doing that.

While the PDP scribe had accused Fayose of causing confusion in the party, the governor had questioned the powers of Oladipo to give directive in such matters.

According to Fayose,  the national secretary alone does not constitute the leadership of the party, adding, “he is an interested party on this issue.
“He  can only talk as Oladipo, not as Secretary because he cannot use his interest to pull the party backwards,” he said.

However, the National Auditor of the party, Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju, who also hails from the zone yesterday said that the congress was an exercise in futility.

Adeyanju, in a statement distanced the party from the exercise, describing it as a show of impunity by those who convened the congress, stressing that the party would not tolerate such actions as a law abiding party.

Adeyanju said: “It is the height of indiscipline and political rascality for any PDP member to claim ignorance of the order or participate in such futile exercise.

“Why would they encourage such impunity in our party. If the party has abided by the court order there is no reason why some persons should still go ahead with such exercise. The party has no hand in it.”