Ogun PDP: Atiku To Intervene In Crisis

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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, may intervene in the lingering crisis rocking the Ogun State chapter of the party over gubernatorial ticket.
The Guardian reported that Atiku’s intervention targets a ‘gentleman resolution’ of the face-off between Ladi Adebutu, the PDP gubernatorial candidate backed by the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party and Senator Buruji Kashamu, who is recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the party’s candidate.
The differences between the two candidates came to the fore, when they emerged as parallel governorship candidates from separate primaries in Ogun State. But while party’s NWC backed Adebutu, INEC listed Kashamu as the authentic gubernatorial candidate, citing the ruling of an Abuja High Court.
Willy Akinlude, pioneer Lagos State PDP Publicity Secretary, told the paper that there was a plan for Atiku to lead a team of party stalwarts to resolve the Ogun PDP crisis not later than this week.
He added that Atiku’s determination to ensure a speedy resolution of the crisis was based on the realisation that the party has a good chance of reclaiming the state from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming presidential and governorship polls “if the warring Kashamu and Adebutu factions could work as a team, considering the infighting currently ravaging APC.”
The two combatants reportedly expressed their willingness to join forces for the party’s interest in the coming election.
Similarly, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, National Vice Chairman of PDP, South West zone, said the party leadership was not resting on its oars to ensure peace returns to Ogun chapter as soon as possible before the election.
He noted that Atiku’s intervention is welcome any day, as long as it would bring peace, adding that other leaders, like former governors of Ogun and Ekiti States, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Ayo Fayose and himself were not relenting to resolve the crisis.
“What we need now is political solution and we are hoping to achieve that before the election,” he assured.
Olafeso said the major concern of PDP stakeholders in the Ogun situation was how to tame APC, adding: “You would recall that APC didn’t win Ogun in 2011 and 2015 because of the infighting in PDP. We have seen our weaknesses and by the grace of God would not allow a similar scenario to occur this time most especially when the ruling party is in serious crisis and much more divided than we are.”

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