The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State escalated on Friday after supporters of Hon. Ladi Adebutu’s faction took over the party’s secretariat.
The two factions had held parallel congresses to elect new state executive officers of the party.
The Adebutu faction, which is backed by the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee of the party, has Hon. Sikirulahi Ogundele as its State Chairman, while the Kashamu faction is headed by Hon. Samson Bamgbose.
But, the late Senator Kashamu and his followers have dragged for the leadership of the PDP in the state based on a 2016 court judgement to conduct their congresses without the input of the PDP NWC.
Speaking on the latest development, Akinloye Bankole, the Publicity Secretary of the Adebutu PDP faction said: “the secretariat was handed over to the state Chairman, Alh. Sikirulahi Ogundele, on Friday afternoon by the (Ogun State) Commissioner of Police on the instructions of the IGP.”
While also reacting, Hon. Samson Bamgbose, the Chairman of the Kashamu faction of the PDP in Ogun, described the latest development as an “illegal takeover” of the party secretariat.
He said it was, “most disturbing that in a democracy, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Mr. Edward Awolowo Ajogun, could allow himself and the Command to aid and abet some dissidents to invade and forcibly take over our Party Secretariat in flagrant disregard for valid and subsisting orders and judgements of courts.”
“We wish to implore our teeming supporters and party faithful to remain calm, knowing that this illegality like others before it will not stand the test of time and the law,” he said.