The Peoples Democratic Party, Thursday, has announced the movement of the venue of the Southwest Congress to Osogbo, the Osun State capital amid the protracted feud rocking the party in the zone.
The National Publicity Secretary, PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan disclosed this on Thursday. He also confirmed that the zonal Congress is scheduled to hold on Monday, April 12.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of PDP had initially scheduled the Zonal Congress to hold in Ibadan, Oyo State.
This is coming after series of opposition had been raised over the decision to hold the schedule in Oyo State.
Ologbondiyan, who took to his official handle to make the announcement, disclosed that the decision to change the venue was reached after an “extensive discussion.”
Ologbondiyan said, “After extensively discussing the issues of concern in the South – West (have been) resolved as follows:
“Movement of the venue of the South-West Congress to Osogbo, Osun State.”
“The South West Congress is scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2021.”
The Zonal Congress had caused lots of controversies in the Southwest Chapter of PDP.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, have been at loggerheads over the upcoming Zonal Congress and the leadership of the party in the zone.
Makinde, at several times, argued that the party’s zonal Congress must hold in Ibadan as agreed in January 2020.
According to him, the party should hold the Congress in Oyo State given the fact that he is the only serving PDP governor in the region.
However, Fayose, had also expressed his dissatisfaction at the decision of the NWC to hold the Congress in Ibadan.
Similarly, the party leadership has been causing crisis in Southwest.
Makinde is reportedly supporting the candidacy of Mr. Taofeek Arapaja, a former Oyo State deputy Governor, as the party chairman in the region, while Fayose is reportedly supporting the candidacy of Mr. Eddy Olafeso, a former governorship candidate in Ondo State and the immediate past Chairman of the party.
However, the PDP Reconciliation and Strategy Committee chaired by former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has been attempting to reconcile both chieftains ahead of the zonal Congress.