Ogun PDP crisis: GNI, Adebutu, Kashamu shop for new party

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By Bankole Taiwo

With no end in sight to almost eight-year-old crisis troubling the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ogun State, some leading lights of the party with ambition to govern the State in 2019 such as Hon. Ladipupo Adebutu, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka and Senator Buruji Kashamu might have perfected plans to move to another party.

This indication emerged following an ivestigation conducted by Nigerian NewsDirect. For instance, recently in one of the interviews granted the media, factional Secretary of Labour Party in Ogun State, Mr  Olaposi Oginni alleged that the polarisation of the party in the state had its roots in the attempt by Hon. Ladipupo Adebutu to hijack the structure of the party for the realisation of his 2019 governorship ambition.

Oginni alleged further that the federal lawmaker  executed this agenda with N20 million largesse which he said was given to Mr Abayomi Arabambi, the Chairman of the faction loyal to Hon. Adebutu.

As if to lend credence to this allegation, while Oginni and other members of the party held their congress at the party secretariat, Adatan, Abeokuta some weeks back, Arabambi and his group same day held their congress at Park Inn, Abeokuta, controlled by the billionaire business mogul father of the lawmaker, Sir Kesington Adebukola.

Arabambi has however denied this allegation while speaking with our Correspondent describing it as outright distortion of facts. He explained that Hon. Ladi Adebutu remained a PDP member and has nothing to do with Labour Party in the State. Arabambi explained further that Labour Party is one in the State and that he remained the authentic Chairman having been inaugurated alongside other State executives by the national Chairman of the party just as it is contained in the party constitution.

He added that rather than pointing finger at Hon. Adebutu, another PDP guber hopeful in the State, Prince Gboyega Isiaka  was the one encouraging Oginni and his group to break away from the party in the state. He alleged that GNI had been very forceful to hijack the party’s structure but he had insisted that the Chartered Accountant should follow the due process. Arabambi disclosed further that the Imeko born politician had insisted he quits as the chairman of the party so as to plant his croonies but his resistance to this tall order led to the division of the party.