– The battle of supremacy between Governor Seyi Makinde and former governor Fayose is far from being over
– Fayose has said several times that Makinde is his junior in politics
– The leadership of the party has tried to unite the warring leaders but to no avail
The crisis rocking the southwest zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken another twist as Governor Seyi Makinde’s faction and the former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose’s faction, have called a zonal caucus meeting of the party.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the meeting has been slated to hold on Wednesday, February 24, at different venues.
Legit.ng gathered that the meeting is to brief stakeholders on the modalities for the zonal congress of the party scheduled to hold in Ibadan, the state capital, on Saturday, February 27.
The report said that while the Makinde faction is meeting at the Agodi Government House in Ibadan, Fayose and his group are holding a parallel zonal meeting at a hotel in Ikeja, Lagos.
The Ibadan caucus meeting was called by the zonal caretaker chairman, Dayo Ogungbenro, who was nominated by Governor Makinde into the zonal executive of the party, while Daisi Akiitan, the zonal secretary, called the Lagos meeting.
It was gathered that the group loyal to Fayose is backing the return of Eddy Olafeso, who resigned to contest the party’s governorship election primaries in Ondo state, but lost the ticket to Eyitayo Jegede SAN, as the new zonal chairman of the party.
It was gathered that a former deputy governor and former ambassador to Jordan, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, has been endorsed by Makinde to run as the zonal chairman of the party.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following the crisis that erupted at Shasha market in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), pledged to help rebuild the market after it was burnt down.
It was reported that a delegation of the NGF led by the Governor of Kebbi state, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, delivered the promise after a tour of the troubled spot on Tuesday, February 16.
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