Politics Ogun PDP Congresses: Kashamu, Dimeji Bankole in War of Words Over Party Structure



As the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State prepare to go to the polls to elect its new leaders from the wards to local government and state levels, there seems to be unease within the camps of some power blocs in the party, Vanguard reports.

The power blocs are being led by the representing Ogun East Senatorial district and a chieftain of the party, Buruji Kashamu, former Speaker of House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and the former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

PDP Ogun state is presently being controlled by Kashamu who successfully installed the outgoing executive of the party from the wards to the local government and state levels.
Barring a last minute change of mind, the PDP may hold its congresses, February to usher in new leaders to paddle the canoe of the party for the next four


Bankole's angle

However, in his bid to take over the structure, Bankole has begun hosting party members across the state.
Bankole who organised a new year party under the aegis of Dimeji Bankole Movement for his loyalists in the party, warned that he may quit the party if the coming congresses are manipulated.

According to the former Speaker, I am still in PDP, if they repeat the same manipulation they did at the last congresses, we will react. “The event in the next few months will determine our actions”.

Kashamu's Side

But, in a bid to sustain his control of the party, Kashamu has inaugurated coordinators across the state.

Kashamu who played host to hundreds of party leaders and members at Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State, during an empowerment programme for PDP members in the state under his Omo Ilu Foundation, announced his plans to donate cars to all the coordinators numbering about 100 in the 20 local governments.

According to Kashamu, five coordinators in each local government would be given cars while about 4000 people would be given various empowerment packs.

He however, denied any plan to manipulate the forthcoming congresses, saying, “the era of sitting in your room and writing the names of the delegates and executive members of the party has gone.”

Kashamu also ruled out the idea of harmonisation and reconciliation of different emerging power blocs in the party.

Source: Vanguard