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Hoodlums vandalise over 50 vehicles as PDP holds parallel congresses in Ibadan 

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
17 October 2021   |   3:13 am
The Oyo State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, held two parallel congresses. The parallel congresses for the state chapter of the party were held at two different locations...

The two camps are one loyal to Governor Seyi Makinde and the other led by some members of the party not pleased with Makinde’s style. While Makinde’s camp had its congress at Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, the second camp had its congress at Jogor Centre, Ibadan.

The congress organised by Makinde had him, members of his cabinet, members of the state House of Assembly, local government chairmen, political appointees and other members of the party loyal to him in attendance.

The one organised by aggrieved members was attended by former House of Representatives leader, Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola; a member of the House of Representatives representing Ibarapa North/ Ibarapa Central, Hon. Ajibola Muraina; former Deputy Governor, Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi; Alhaji Nurain Akanbi, Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeniyan and Hon. Yemi Aderibigbe, among others.

With the two parallel congresses, the party is going to produce two state executives in the state.

Meanwhile, hoodlums yesterday vandalised over 50 vehicles at the Oyo State PDP Congress held at Jogor Event Centre, Ibadan where over 2000 delegates had assembled.

Few minutes to the end of the whole exercise, some hoodlums stormed the venue of the congress, leaving over 50 vehicles damaged. The hoodlums invaded the venue with dangerous weapons and were repelled by the combined team of the Nigerian Police Force and Operatives of the Department of the State Security.

In a remark, Hon. Yemi Aderibigbe said: “It is clear that God is in our side. It is clear that the PDP is back to its rightful owners. We are the owner of our party in this state; we are the one that used to work for the success of the party, I urged you all to go and start working so that you can deliver your wards, local governments and this state in the future election.

“Those that underrated us now see that we are capable, and we are so glad to have our party back, we have shown those people from other parties that wanted to hijack our party the way out,” Aderibigbe said.

In his acceptance speech, the newly elected factional chairman of the PDP, Hon. Micheal Okunlade said: “We are all aware of why and how we arrived at this stage. Like others that are here, I’m one of the numerous victims of the misgiving of Governor Seyi Makinde.”

Other state factional officers elected at Jogor Center include Hon. Mathew Abioye (Deputy Chairman), Mr. Abiodun Oyesola (State Secretary), Pa Olawuwo (Vice Chairman Oyo South), Akeem Ariola (Financial Secretary), Mogaji Bola Akinyemi (Publicity Secretary) while Asiwaju Adekola Adeoye was re-elected as the Youth Leader of the party.

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