Two serving PDP governors in the South-West geo-political zone are fighting over the soul of the party in the region. Both factions are holding parallel meetings today in Akure and Ogun States. The focus of the meetings seem to be related to the forth coming national convention of the party.
The Akure meeting is convoked by Governor Olusegun Mimiko. He leads other party perks who are verhemently opposed to the chairmanship of Senator Modu Sheriff. They also want Senator Sheriff’s tenure to end during the slated May 21 national convention.
The Ogun meeting is convoked by Governor Ayodele Fayose. He’s faction of the PDP is backed by Senator Buruji Kashamu and five PDP state chairmen. The PDP National Vice Chairman, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, is said to be in support of Governor Fayose’s faction too.
A source close to Governor Mimiko stated that “The real meeting of Yoruba leaders in the PDP takes place today in Akure. The governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, is convening the meeting on behalf of the leaders. We know that some people have slated a parallel meeting at Ijebu-Igbo.
“We are expecting PDP bigwigs like Chief Olabode George, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Hon. Mulikat Adeola-Akande, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, Chief Jumoke Akinjide, Senator Femi Kila, Senator Bode Olajumoke, Ambassador Dare Bejide, Chief Ladosu Ladipo, Dr, Doyin Okupe, Chief Yekini Adeojo, Chief Joju Fadairo, Prince Nekan Olateru-Olagbegi and Capt. Tunji Shelle. So the Ijebu-Igbo meeting is a non-event.
“It is possible that some leaders from other zones will also attend the Akure meeting in solidarity with the cause of the Southwest. There is an effort to relegate the Southwest to the background in the PDP by some elements who are sacrificing our interest on the altar of their 2019 ambition. These are the Southwest elements backing the zoning of the chairmanship and the presidential candidate of the PDP to the North.”
The South-West zonal body went their separate ways following the zoning of the chairmanship to the North. While Governor Fayose’s camp endorsed the zoning backing Sheriff’s chairmanship aspiration, the Mimiko camp are vehemently opposed to the idea of zoning.
One wonders what the outcome of the meeting today will be.