Aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Somolu Local Government Area, protesting over the party’s ward congress at Lagos House of assembly in Ikeja, on Monday.
OBJ faction within the Ogun State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), believed to be loyal to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has denied allegation that they have defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on the instruction of Obasanjo.
The leaders of the party, who came under the aegis of the Ogun PDP Mainstream, on Monday, contended that the former Board of Trustees (BOT) chairman of the party, had not at anytime directed members of the party to join APC.
But, the Nigerian Tribune could authoritatively confirm that some leaders of the party loyal to Obasanjo, including the sacked National Auditor, Honourable Bode Mustapha, former state chairman of the party, Senator Dipo Odujinrin and former deputy governorship candidate of the party, Mr Tunde Oladunjoye, have defected to APC.
Addressing newsmen on behalf of the leaders of the Obasanjo faction, the former state chairman of the party, Chief Joju Fadairo, maintained that selected leaders of the party met and resolved to remain in the PDP,adding that all the factions of the party would work together to ensure the success of the party in the state in the 2015 elections.
“You’ll have heard that they said the mainstream people who are in baba’s (Obasanjo) camp had gone to APC. We have not gone to APC. Baba did not say go to APC. Baba is in PDP and we want to disabuse the minds of the people who are saying people who are with Obasanjo mainstream have gone to APC. That is the essence of this meeting.
“All our members are here, those who have defected, I don’t know about them. We are adults and this is a democracy and anybody who wants to pitch camp with any party should do so.
“But for clarity purpose, we called this meeting and we are saying, we in mainstream, are still in the PDP. We have said that there is a committee that is set up so that we can talk to all concerned and make our party solid,”Fadairo said.
The meeting had in attendance Chief Okanlawon Soboyede, Chief Wale Egunleti, Chief Jide Awosedo, Chief Tony Ojesina, Chief Yemi Oluyomi, Engineer Tetede, Honourable Job Akintan and Honourable Abiodun Akovoyan.
Fadairo added that the Ogun PDP Mainstream had set up a reconciliation committee which would meet with the other PDP groups in the state and submit its report to the leadership within the next seven days.
He said, “We, in PDP mainstream, met today and we resolved as follows: That selected leaders from the three senatorial districts of Ogun State met today.
“We resolved that we all remain in the PDP and we’ll work together to ensure the success of the party in the state.”