Southwest PDP Disagrees with Gov. Adeleke’s Choice for Zonal Chair; Picks Adagunodo’s Replacement

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Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has triggered internal strife within the Southwest division of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with his alleged independent selection of a successor for the former National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Soji Adagunodo. The contention arises from Ademola’s alleged sole choice of Kamardeen Ajisafe, a lawyer hailing from Osun State, to fill the void left by Adagunodo’s passing in May. Dissatisfaction looms among members of the PDP zonal executive council, who feel excluded from the decision-making process.

While Adeleke’s proposal undergoes consideration in Abuja, the zonal executive committee convened at its Ibadan location on Saturday to endorse Rahman Owokoniran, the zonal secretary, as the interim national vice chairman. According to a communique issued by Chief Sanya Atofarati, the zonal spokesperson, the committee affirmed that Owokoniran’s role will remain in effect until the election of a new zonal chairman.

The statement reads: “Following the void resulting from the demise of the former National Vice Chairman, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, the Southwest Zonal Executive Committee has officially ratified the appointment of Alhaji Rahman Owokoniran, Zonal Secretary, as the Acting National Vice Chairman. This arrangement will persist until the selection of a successor in compliance with the provisions outlined in the PDP constitution.”

When questioned about the nomination, Atofarati disclosed that the zonal executive is yet to receive any candidate nominations for the position left vacant by Adagunodo’s passing.

Evidently, the zonal executive retains the constitutional authority to elect executive members. Furthermore, the leadership acknowledged the determination and persistence of the party’s candidates who are presently pursuing justice for their electoral mandates via the election petition tribunal.

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