In a deliberate move to spite Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, the National Working Committee, NWC, of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has moved the venue of its South-West congress away from Ibadan to Osogbo in Osun State.
Revealing this in a tweet on Thursday, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the party also shifted the date of the congress of the zone from April 10 to April 12.
Ologbondiyan disclosed that the decision to shift the Congress to Osogbo was reached after an extensive discussion by the NWC.
“The South-West Congress is scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2021. The decision is consequent upon what was arrived at the reconciliatory meeting held with stakeholders from the South-West,” he said.
According to sources, the move may not be unconnected with the ensuing feud between Makinde and former Ekiti state Governor, Ayo Fayose over leadership of the party in the zone.
Also, the zonal congress has been subject to many controversies, with the party hierarchy postponing the Congress at least twice in the past.
The party’s National Legal Adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, has been accused of collaborating with the Fayose camp to mount a legal challenge against the zonal Congress.
The PDP had however disclosed moves by the NWC to settle the rift between both camps, to further strengthen the party.