Another political crisis may be looming in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state over which of the candidate’s lists should be recognized by the Ondo Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) between Engr. Clement Faboyede and Dr. Olu Ogunye led executives for the April 23, local governments’ poll.
At a press conference held in Akure, the state capital, Ogunye said following an Abuja court ruling in 2014, he was recognised as the authentic chairman of the party, warning the ODIEC would be committing illegality if he refused to recognised his candidates.
His words, “while I and my executive committee are pleased to inform you that we have no issue with the date and the election, we wish to call the attention of the public to a cog that may stall the process of the election.
“Upon the resignation of Hon. Ebenezer Alabi as the past state chairman and my subsequent election as his successor and an order of the federal high court in suit No. FHC/ABJ/1006/2014 made on the December 18, 2014 which recognised me as the authentic chairman of PDP.
“In our capacity as the official agents of the party, we have organised and conduct primaries for the chairmanship and councillorship aspirants using statutory delegates recognised by law.
“We have submitted the list of candidates who won the primary the primary election for the post of chairmanship and councillorship seats across the local government to ODIEC.”
But, the State PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr, Banji Okuomo said the exercise of Ogunye’s faction is just an exercise in futility.
Okuomo, particularly said majority of the factional executive include Ogunye have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He however said there is no contention for the chairmanship seat being occupied by Faboyede, adding that PDP in Ondo state is united.