SDP crisis deepens as factions renew hostilities

The crisis facing the social democratic party (SDP) in Ondo state may have gotten worse as one faction held a parallel congress on Monday to elect new officials to the state executive committee. An earlier congress was held in Akure on April 9, where the party elected officials to replace the existing committee. But a statement from the SDP Secretariat by its chairman and secretary, Stephen Adewale and Adebola Aina, respectively, denounced Monday’s congress, saying that those behind it intend to cause discontent and rancor within the party. According to the statement, the congress aims to generate “opprobity and portray the party as an irresponsible political institution in the eyes of the good people of Ondo State, who love and hold in high regard the SDP as a credible alternative political party and a lighthouse. of hope for national recovery, especially as 2023 approaches.” The congress was held at the Royal Birds Hotel in Ijapo, Akure, convened by a former party chairman, Dele Ogunbameru, and others, according to the statement. “The Ondo State Congress of our great party was constitutionally held on April 9, 2022, with the presence of security agencies and duly supervised by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in compliance with the electoral disposition”, the most read statement. “In Congress, the new state leadership was duly elected. Therefore, we assert that Mr. Dele Ogunbameru, Sola Agboola and their ilk lack the constitutional authority to convene a state Congress. “In addition, on May 12, 2022, we successfully elected delegates for our Congresses and Convention. Although the Congress was well attended by delegates from the 18 local government areas of the state and was supervised by officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for proper documentation and authentication. “We hereby wish to add and also reinstate the fact that Dele Ogunbameru is no longer the chairman of the party in Ondo State and that Sola Agboola had previously been formally suspended by the National Work Committee (NWC) since January 27. 2020, for serious misconduct. and fraudulent activities, and these two actions were duly communicated to the INEC Presidency and security agencies.” The statement further warned that if the activities of Mr. Ogunbameru along with his minions are not checked, it could lead to a significant breach of peace in the entire state, especially if thousands of other genuine party members decide to challenge or confront the “Ogunbameru’s “. gang” to safeguard the true interest of the party. ‘Proper Congress’ However, Mr. Ogunbameru, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES by phone, pointed out that the April 9 congress was invalid for having violated the relevant provisions of the party’s constitution. He claimed that the constitution required that the party congress be organized by the party’s state executive committee, but that the April 9 congress was held without his notice and the notice of other executive committee members. Therefore, he said, his committee decided to hold a “proper congress” on Monday where genuine party members were democratically elected to fill the vacant seats. According to Ogunbameru, those behind the corruption of the process did what they did because of their political interest ahead of the 2023 general election. He alleged that an unnamed presidential hopeful was manipulating the process and derailing the party into unconstitutional activities. ALSO READ: SDP crisis worsens as faction rebukes Agunloye and Gabam for posing as party leaders “A presidential hopeful, who is not yet a candidate, comes to decide what should be done, and handpicks people for positions in the party,” he said. “As I speak to you, I do not know the people who are said to have been chosen to replace me as chairman of the state SDP. How can someone assume your position without even knowing the person? “All this is due to the 2023 elections. We are insisting on following the process and holding a proper congress and that is what we have done.” He said he had formally handed over a new executive committee and is no longer the chair of the state executive committee. Ogunbameru had earlier approved the suspension of the party’s former interim national chairman, Olu Agunloye, for alleged acts of anti-party activities. The suspension was later counteracted by the other faction, which also claims legitimacy and had the backing of the national secretariat. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; SDP crisis deepens as factions renew hostilities