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Ekiti PDP splits ahead of council polls

By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado Ekiti

The disaster rocking Ekiti State chapter of the Folks’s Democratic Celebration festered as members and stakeholders had been sharply divided over the December 7 Councils elections.

The unfolding occasions appeared to have break up the rank and file of the opposition party.

Whereas some stakeholders are calling for outright boycott of the election, others advocated for participation within the train.

The management of the party in Ado-Ekiti had stated it’ll boycott polls over alleged plot by Governor Kayode Fayemi to rig the elections for his party.

The splinter group, in an announcement in Ado Ekiti by Hon. Yinka Olomofe on behalf of Ado-Ekiti Council Stakeholders, directed its member to distance themselves from a predetermined excercise.

However the Discussion board for the PDP native government party chairmen dismissed the announcement with a wave of hand, affirming the party will take part within the council polls.

The Discussion board stated the choice was hinged on the decision reached by the party’s State Government Committee throughout a joint assembly of the State Working Committee and the Native Authorities Celebration Chairmen held on September 25, 2019.

The Discussion board, in an announcement on Sunday in Ado Ekiti by its Chairman and Secretary, Hon. Idowu Akinbode and Hon. Israel Ogudele respectively and 12 different members of the discussion board, declared the bulletins of non-participation as null and void.

It stated the choice to take part or to not partake within the conduct can solely be decided by the State Working Committee in collaboration with the native government party Chairmen.

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The Discussion board known as on party members and all of the party’s candidates to ignore the purported non-participation and proceed their campaigns and all different due course of as outlined by the electoral physique.

It charged the EKSIEC to supply a degree enjoying floor for all collaborating political events, advising the electoral physique to shun any unlawful actions that might forged a pall on the credibility of the elections.

In the meantime, the PDP State Chairman, Chief Gboyega Oguntuwase stated “The place of the prolonged EXCO, the SWC with all party chairmen of all of the native governments, we met and we mentioned extensively on what the PDP ought to do in regards to the native government election.

“All of us resolved that within the overriding curiosity of the party, in order that there can be exercise within the party, in order that Ekiti people could have possibility, in order that the elemental provision of the structure that all of us have proper to vote and be voted for wouldn’t be blotted out by pointless feelings and sabotage that we must always take part within the elections.

“Any chairman of any local government that is making any announcement to the contrary, no matter who is backing him, shall receive adequate query and punishment for leading a rebellion at the appropriate time. I, as the state chairman, confirm that we shall take part in the elections,” he stated.


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