LG Poll : No Faction In Ogun PDP Despite OGSIEC's Attempt To Factionalize It - Sikirulai - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Friday, July 23, 2021

LG Poll : No Faction In Ogun PDP Despite OGSIEC's Attempt To Factionalize It - Sikirulai




By Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has declared that there is no faction within the party in the State.

PDP said it has elected to withdraw participation in tomorrow's local government election following alleged dubious stance of the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) towards the party.

In a release on Friday by the Chairman, Sikirulai Ogundele, he admitted that following a Court Judgement on Thursday, 22nd July, 2021, the PDP backed out of the race, accusing OGSIEC of playing the role of a dubious umpire.

Ogundele said the Commission decided to create a non existent faction in PDP, deliberately handing  over nomination forms meant for party candidates to an individual despite the fact that it had on going relationship with the authentic Executive Committee led by him as recognized by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC). 

He added that given the fact that the legitimacy of all materials for tomorrow's election, including voters registers, are derived from INEC, common sense should have pointed OGSIEC to that direction.

He also alleged that the OGSIEC "induced” factionalization of Ogun PDP was deliberate to forestall participation of the party in the Local Government Polls in Ogun State.

Ogundele also expresed disappointment that the OGSIEC also disregarded the reconciliation agreement signed by all parties in the Senator Bukola Saraki led Reconciliation Committee despite the fact that this became available as early as March 2021, which was the basis for the Consent Judgement of the Federal High in Abuja delivered on 22nd June, 2021 that affirmed him as State Chairman.

He stated : "The Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State after a Court Judgement on Thursday, 22nd July, 2021 decided to withdraw participation in the 2021 Local Government election for reasons which are enumerated here for the understanding of the general public:

"OGSIEC played the role of a dubious umpire because the Commission chose to create a non existent faction in PDP. OGSIEC deliberately handed over nomination forms meant for party candidates to an individual despite the fact that it had on going relationship with the authentic Executive Committee led by Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele as recognized by INEC. Taking cognizance of the fact that all materials for this election including voters registers are derived from INEC, common sense should point in that direction.

 "OGSIEC disregarded the reconciliation agreement signed by all parties in the Senator Bukola Saraki led Reconciliation Committee despite the fact that this became available as early as March 2021, which was the basis for the Consent Judgement of the Federal High in Abuja delivered on 22nd June, 2021 that affirmed Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele led Exco. To this effect, the National Working Committee caused a letter to be written informing OGSIEC as regards the true position of the State party’s State Exco in Ogun State.

"The Judgement of Ogun State High Court delivered on Thursday, 22nd July, 2021 by Justice Gboyega Ogunfowora which also REAFFIRMS the Federal High Court’s CONSENT JUDGEMENT that confirmed Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele led Exco as the authentic Exco in Ogun State and dismissed the application for a joinder by the “individual, Alhaji Leke Shittu” whom OGSIEC had been relating with, on the ground that he had no locus standi as a member of the State Exco of PDP in Ogun State. 

" However for the records, the fact remains that PDP had already started participating in the process because forms had been released to an individual and aspirants had been screened. The question begging for an answer is “should PDP suffer because OGSIEC deliberately handed forms to an individual rather than the party? Was it deliberate? The answer is YES!”*

"Based on the above facts, Ogun State PDP has absolutely NO CONFIDENCE in OGSIEC in conducting a free and fair Council election.

"The Court judgement delivered on Thursday which reaffirmed Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele led Exco as the only Exco in Ogun ruled that the Consent Judgement in favour of Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele led Exco was received by OGSIEC after the date for submission of candidates had passed. Hence, the Party could not substitute names of the candidates.

"In view of the above facts, the Peoples Democratic Party has decided to withdraw participation from the Council election. OGSIEC has clearly shown the Commission’s bias towards the desires of APC led State Government to continue to strangulate the third tier of Government in Ogun State by preventing free, fair and credible elections in Ogun State."

We Are Participating In Tomorrow's Polls - Leke Shittu

However, the Court -  backed faction of  PDP has declared that the party is poised to participate in tomorrow's local government elections across the 20 local governments and 236 wards in the State.

This group happened to be the one given nomination forms by the OGSIEC for PDP candidates and the Commission received same upon processing and submission by the party.

 In a statement by Hon. Leke Shittu, the State Secretary of PDP, which was made available to The Daily Crucible in Abeokuta, the State Capital City, he said that the clarification became imperative due to the confusion generated by the earlier statement credited to one Hon Sikirulai Ogundele, saying that the PDP had pulled out of the Saturday Council.

 "This is to inform the general public and good people of Ogun State that the party has and will never pull out of tomorrow's local government elections. We have done all that we are supposed to do under the law and we will surely participate in tomorrow's local government elections. 

"We hereby use this medium to urge the good people of Ogun State to disregard the statement credited to one Hon Sikirulai Ogundele who is not in any capacity capable to speak on behalf of our great party, PDP. It's all gimmicks to create confusion where there is none but as the authentic leadership of Ogun PDP, the opposition party is participating in tomorrow's local government elections."

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