Saraki’s bid to return to the PDP divides the party in Kwara State
By OBOR UVWERE
The ongoing wrangling in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kwara State chapter, is now believed, by stakeholders in the party, to be fueled by the trio of Ahmed Markafi, chairman, caretaker committee of the party, James Ibori, former governor, Delta State, and Bukola Saraki, Senate President all in a bid to hijack the state party machinery.
Saraki, as reliably gathered, is believed to have concluded plans to return to the party where he left in 2013 ahead of 2019 general elections.
The plans, regardless, the trio are said to be discomfited by the tenacity of the current state chairman, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, the party chairman who was voted in into office against the faction of Sunday Fagbemi, believed to be sponsored by Saraki’s political structure in Kwara.
PDP is heading for its national convention this month to elect new national party officials. Most gladiators are angling to have their choice of delegates nominated to attend the convention to help in the process of winning primaries. But despite Oyedepo’s re-election, the Fagbemi camp is still adamant on not recognizing his leadership leading to a great deal of rancor in the party at the state level.
Accusing finger is being pointed at alleged external influences led by Saraki, according to the state’s party sources.
“Saraki and some big wigs who had earlier left PDP and are at present desperately willing to come back, want to take over the structures of the party,” explained one of the party officials to Armada
Last week, the feud replayed itself when the former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, who’s eyeing national chairmanship position of the party, came to Kwara on a campaign mission and the factional group within the party disrupted the event hosted at the secretariat along Asa Dam road in the state capital.
The group, led by Fagbemi is accused of fronting for the Senate President, Saraki widely believed to plan a come-back to PDP with his large supporters.
Three times the Kwara Chapter of PDP had done its congresses where elections of officers were held and three times Fagbemi was defeated by Oyedepo. The loser has also contested the outcome of the elections even when he clearly lost out.
The occasions had been in 2014, 2016 and again on November 11, 2017 conducted by the former governor of Kogi State; Alhaji Ibrahim Idris. He lost to Oyedepo by a narrow margin of three votes but on each occasion, he (Fagbemi is alleged to have either state government officials or Saraki’s aides around him.