The factional group of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in South West, led by Governors Olusegun Mimiko and Ayodele Fayose, yesterday held their zonal congress in Akure, the Ondo State capital, where new officers were elected for the party.
At the congress, chaired by former Governor of Rivers State, Celestine Omehia, offices were zoned the offices to the six states in the region. Former Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Eddy Olafeso, emerged the South west zonal Chairman of the party.
Other zonal executives of the party elected at the congress, include Secretary, Rev. Bunmi Jenyo (Osun), Organising Secretary, Bakene Wasiu (Ogun), Youth Leader, Femi Akintola (Oyo), Women Leader, Ronke Ajigbeda (Ogun).
Others include, Publicity Secretary, Abiola Makinde (Ondo), Financial Secretary Hon. Afoji (Lagos), Auditor, Bili Aminu (Oyo), Treasurer, Adeola Ogunrinde (Ekiti) and Legal Adviser, Chief Ojo Williams (Osun).
But the absence of some PDP leaders such as Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Doyin Okupe, Mulikat Akande, Mrs. Olajumoke Akinjide, Taoheed Adedoja at the Akure congress, showed that the party is yet to resolve its internal crisis in the region.
Chief Bode George was also absent but sent his apology through Mr. Ola Apena to the congress. It would be recalled that these party leaders were present at the party stakeholders’ meeting held two weeks ago in Akure.
However, Mimiko appealed to the members of the party in South West to be determined to restore the glory of the PDP.
“Base on the performance of All Progressives Congress (APC), there is no doubt that our party has a bright future. Despite all the bright chances PDP has, we still have a lot of work to do. We must work toward the future that beacons. Weather anybody like it or not, South West remains the leading light of Nigeria of politics in this nation.
“This time come for us to be able to stand up for what is right with history of integrity and progressives. Let us be determine to do what is right for our party. There is no doubt that there have been issues surrounding this congress but I am very sure that the truth shall prevail,” he said.