A former Southwest National Vice Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), Oloriogun Eddy Okafeso, has argued that the Zonal Meeting of the Party held in Ibadan has created a sharp division in the party.
Speaking with Reporters in Akure, Mr. Eddy Olafeso added that the meeting held in Ibadan left out some members of the party which necessitated the Lagos meeting held at the instance of former Governor Ayodele Fayose.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State chapter of the PDP is backing the Ibadan meeting, while Olafeso and other PDP chieftains in the state are in support of the PDP Southwest zonal meeting held in Lagos State at the instance of former Governor Ayodele Fayose.
He argued that the PDP’s constitution made provisions for the number of persons to attend its zonal meeting which made the Ibadan Meeting unconstitutional.
However, he expressed optimism that the party would soon resolve it’s crisis.
Olafeso said: “There was a meeting in Ibadan and some of us were left behind and those left behind decided to hold a meeting in Lagos under the leadership of ex-Governor Fayose.
“What we want at this moment is for us to be united. I know that at the appointed time Governor Makinde and former Governor Fayose will reunite. We should come together again. I hear a lot of rumours despite what happened in the governorship election that some people are gathering to suspend some of us that we will not take part in the zonal congress. That will be wrong. What we need to find out is who has enough support to become members of the zonal congress.
“All they should look for is solution and not any attempt to further divide the party. Why was a meeting held in Ibadan and some people were left behind? There are constitutional provisions that give room for the number of persons that will attend a zonal meeting. There is no PDP meeting I cannot attend. It is not the Lagos meeting that is dividing the house. It is those people that met without recourse to the constitution that are creating problem. We are going to resolve it and the majority will carry the day. Congress will be held and winners will emerge and we will continue our journey of unification.”