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Kwara PDP talks fail as crisis deepens



The crisis rocking the Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party deepened on Tuesday as the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee failed to reconcile the warring factions.

The factional executive committees of the party in the state were part of those dissolved by the party at its non-elective convention held in Abuja on August 12.

The Tuesday meeting which was presided by Makarfi did not yield positive results as the two factions led by Mr. Iyiola Oyedepo and Mr. Sunday Fagbemi, failed to reach an agreement.

Makarfi and other members of the NCC had during the meeting excused the factions to arrive at a compromise, which did not work out.

The Makarfi-led national caretaker committee had summoned the party stakeholders from the state to Abuja in a bid to reconcile them and engaged Senator Solomon Ewuga to serve as a mediator between the two warring factions.

But there were indications that the meeting which lasted for two hours, ended without any compromise as some of the stakeholders were seen discussing angrily in clusters while others hurriedly left the party premises.

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Effort to seek further clarification by journalists was refused by the former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Suleiman Abubakar, who declined to speak with them but directed them to a former senator, Suleiman Ajadi.

But Ajadi angrily rebuffed the journalists and shouted at them saying, “What journalists, what journalists, can’t you see we are discussing?”

Earlier, Makarfi, while speaking during the opening session, had cautioned the two camps to toe the path of peace like other states that had resolved to work together, noting that Kwara State was reputed to be politically mature.

Makarfi, who further urged them sheath their swords and allow peace to reign, warned that they risked losing the party’s structure in the state to members that might join later.

He said, “Kwara State is the only state we are meeting with like this. We have four states that we already have submissions from them based on the resolutions passed and approved at the convention.

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“All sides to the conflict in the states jointly signed and made a submission in the overall interest of the party. ”

He said state chapters like Lagos and Adamawa, which he said were already making progress, would soon make their submissions to the NCC.

Makarfi said, “They didn’t require us to meet with them. Of all the seven states, we have four already and the others will conclude over the Sallah holidays.”


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