A factional Chairman of the PDP in Kwara State, Sunday Fagbemi, on Monday led some of his sympathizers to take over the party’s secretariat on Asa Dam Road in Ilorin.
Members of the party, who are loyal to the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of PDP, had stormed the secretariat early in the morning amid wild jubilation.
The jubilant PDP supporters were sighted carrying placards with various inscriptions affirming Mr. Fagbemi’s leadership.
Speaking with the journalists at the secretariat, Mr. Fagbemi said his executive committee members remained the authentic leaders of the PDP in the state.
He said that his committee was duly elected at the state congress of the party, noting that the appeal committee set up by the national body of the party also affirmed him as the state chairman in its report.
Mr. Fagbemi alleged that the other factional chairman, Akogun Oyedepo, was fraternising with the ruling APC in the state.
But in his reaction, the Publicity Secretary of the Oyedepo-led executive of the PDP, Rex Olawoye, insisted that Mr. Oyedepo remains the authentic state chairman of the party.
Mr. Olawoye, who said Mr. Oyedepo was in Abuja attending a national meeting of the party wondered what Mr. Fagbemi was doing in Ilorin if he was truly elected the state chairman.
He wondered why any group would forcefully enter the secretariat of the party when the party’s constitution stipulated normal taking -over process, describing the act as a “coup and invitation to anarchy.’’
Mr. Olawoye, however, said that the PDP was united in the state and all the differences would be resolved in due course.
He said his group would explore all legal means to retake the party secretariat in due cause.