By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Seven of the 12 members of l the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West on Monday slammed indefinite suspension on the party’s Zonal Caretaker Committee Chairman, Mr Dayo Ogungbenro.
Rising from a meeting of the caretaker Committee in Ibadan, the 7 members Chairman accused the suspended Chairman of alleged “negligence of duty”, saying, the Zonal Chairman failed ” to call any meeting since he was appointed.”
“The Chairman, Dayo Ogungbenro, had abdicated his responsibilities. He has not called any meeting since the Caretaker Committee was appointed, thus making the party to lack direction. Even when we had elections in Ondo and Lagos States, the Chairman did not call any meeting to plan for the elections, hence the abysmal performance of the party”, it said.
They however called on the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) to appoint another “Chairman, who will be alive to his duties to pilot the affairs of the party in the zone pending the conduct of the zonal congress”.
Concerning the reconciliation body raised by the Gov Seyi Makinde led faction of the party headed by the former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the Caretaker committee members declared that the reconciliation committee was not known to the party”, adding, “to the best of our knowledge, Prince Oyinlola only accepted to run political errand for Governor Seyi Makinde, His so-called reconciliation committee is not only self-serving, but represents personal interest and dead on arrival”.
“As far as we are concerned, the former governor, being a decampee from the APC, is on his own because no one can be a judge in his own case”.
Also, the 7 members of the PDP Zonal Caretaker committee in a bid for the party to have effective media and publicity, announced the appointment of former Media aide to the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose ,Mr. Lere Olayinka as spokesperson for the PDP in the South West zone.
The meeting further charged PDP members in the zone to shun any meeting called by Prince Oyinlola and cautioned him to be mindful of bringing APC divide and rule culture to the PDP.
At the meeting, the South West Zonal Caretaker committee emphasized that the committee set up by PDP for reconciliation and settlement of all other sundry issues in the party in the zone is led by Engr Femi Babalola, with Chief Kolapo Ogunjobi, Barrister Ahmed Okandeji Mustapha, Chief Idowu Odeyemi and Chief Tunde Akindehin as members, while the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Diran Odeyemi, is the Secretary.
The zone has mandate the Babalola led reconciliation committee to work in collaboration with the National Reconciliation Committee set up by the National Working Committee of the party.
The seven members at the meeting included the Zonal Secretary, Hon. Daisi Akintan, Mrs Funmilayo Ogun, Hon. Ayobola Fadeyi- Awolowo, Prince Nekan Olateru- Olagbegi, Hon Wahab Owokoniran, Alhaji Mustapha Sikiru and Hon. Martins Olu- Abiloye, Engineer Adedeji Doherty, Hon Sikirulai Ogundele, Hon. Sunday Bisi and Chief Bisi Kolawole, Chairmen of Lagos, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti States respectively.