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2 chairmen emerge as PDP factions in Oyo hold parallel congresses

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2 chairmen emerge as PDP factions in Oyo hold parallel congresses

Two parallel state leaders emerged on Saturday when two factions of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Oyo state held parallel congresses in Ibadan.

The Nigerian News Agency correspondent, who monitored both congresses, reports that the faction of the state governor, Seyi Makinde, held their congress at the main bow of the Lekan Salami sports complex, Adamasingba in Ibadan.

In addition, aggrieved PDP members led by former Majority Leader, House of Representatives Mulikat Adeola-Akande and Bisi Olopoeniyan, held their congress at the Jogor Center, Liberty Road, near Ring Road, Ibadan.

Announcing the results of the congress held at Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Congress President Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, declared Dayo Ogungbenro as PDP State President.

Mr. Ugwuanyi said that Mr. Ogungbenro obtained 3,110 votes out of the 3,250 votes of the delegates who attended the congress of the 33 local government zones of the state.

In addition, Wasiu Adeleke became the party’s secretary of state with 3,111 votes.

On the other hand, Michael Okunlade, became the chairman of the faction led by Adeola-Akande with a total of 2,712 votes from the delegates of the 33 local government areas of the state.

The other executive members are Abiodun Oyesola, secretary; Matthew Abioye, vice-president; Bola Akinyemi, advertising secretary and Adekola Adeoye, youth leader, among others.

MM. Ogungbenro and Okunlade, in their separate acceptance speeches, pledged to unify the party ahead of the 2023 general election.

Mr. Ogungbenro expressed his gratitude to Governor Makinde for his efforts in building the party.

Mr. Makinde congratulated the congress committee for the peaceful conduct of the congress.

The governor took the opportunity to call on aggrieved party members across the state to return to the party to integrate, saying those members would be accommodated.

NAN also reports that as many as 50 vehicles parked around the Jogor Center, where the faction led by Adeola-Akande held its congress, have been vandalized by thugs.

The thugs, in their partitions, armed with sticks and cutlasses, were however prevented by security agents from entering the venue of the congress.

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