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By Olamide Abey
Newly elected executives of Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Sikirulai Ogundele, on Monday, invaded the state’s party secretariat and dislodged Bayo Dayo-led faction loyal to Senator Buruji Kashamu.
The secretariat in Abeokuta was hitherto occupied by Kashamu’s faction which stayed put despite the constitution of a Caretaker Committee by the National leadership of the party.
But following Ogundele-led new executives election at the Saturday’s congress, they stormed the party secretariat on Monday and took charge of the administration.
Ogundele told journalists that they took over the party office in accordance with the directive from the National leadership of the party “that every property of the party which is mainly the secretariat must be taken care of.”
He added that with the taking over of the party, the new executive members were poised to move the party forward.
Ogundele alleged that the former occupants of the secretariat vandalised and looted property worth N5million.
He said : “No form of resistance, no problem in fact we came in singing and dancing, we have decided to run a decent, united and peaceful party and for those who are aggrieved, we would extend the hand of fellowship to them.
” We will call on them and we will do it together. We must just take over this state from the hands of the APC administration that is known for running a penny wise pounds foolish policy.
“We have just inspected the secretariat and we have noticed looting and vandalization of party equipment at least about N5million worth of equipment has been stolen and vandalized.
“We are going to take legal actions against them but we are going to await the instruction of our national secretariat and proper legal advice.
“The new executive have promised the people of Ogun state that we are going to properly correct their misconception about PDP and we are not ready to run a disgruntled party, ” he said.
In a swift reaction, the spokesman of Dayo-led faction, Bolaji Adeniji described the development as “illegality and impunity of the most sordid manner.”
Adeniji vowed that the faction would reclaimed the party secretariat “in the next 24 hours.”
The spokesman who admitted that there was no resistance when the Ogundele-led executives stormed the secretariat, added that they took advantage of security lapse at the party office.
He denied allegation that N5million worth of property was looted, describing it “as lies .”
“Definitely, the Adebayo Dayo executive that has the statutory mandate between 2016 up to 2020 would return back to court to enforce its fundamental rights.
” We are going to challenge this; this cannot stand, it is illegality and it cannot stand. In the face of the constitution of our party, it cannot stand because there is a judgment of the Federal High Court that says that Adebayo Dayo exco subsists until 2020.
“When you have people whose modus operandi is lies and subterfuge, they can say anything. Nothing was destroyed. The secretariat is in good shape and all facilities in that secretariat remain.
“Except of course if the thugs they brought have looted the secretariat and we are going to count whatever we have left there by the time we return in 24 hours. I can assure that in the next 24 hours we would be back in that office,” Adeniji said.