A group, the Concerned Osun State PDP members have alleged that Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, the Chairman of the Appeal Panel for the just concluded Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Osun ward congress has been compromised.
This is also as they accused the chairman of being swayed by financial inducements from Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State in order for him to cancel the entire Osun State PDP Ward Congress.
The group made this known in a press release signed on its behalf by Gani Olaoluwa, a former Chairman of the party in the State.
The Concerned Osun State PDP members claimed that Ogbeide-Ihama had told some party leaders in Osun on Saturday that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State had directed him to change the report of his panel and cancel the Osun ward congress in its entirety because the outcome did not favor some of his friends.
They explained that the appeal panel chairman also suggested that Osun PDP leaders should plead with Makinde otherwise he will have no choice but to recommend the cancellation of the entire Osun Ward Congress.
While revealing that the PDP National Secretariat had recently delegated a 5-man Ward Congress Committee with Senator Oker Jev as Chairman to conduct the Ward Congress on Saturday 25th September 2021, the group maintained that the exercise was very successful and absolutely free of rancor and acrimony in all the wards across Osun State.
The group expressed concerns that Ogbeide-Ihama had displayed a complete lack of integrity in the performance of the duty entrusted to him by the party’s National Secretariat.
“Hon. Omoreige has been so hopelessly COMPROMISED that he resorted to pleading with two of our leaders to find a way to see Governor Seyi Makinde and plead with him not to cancel the Osun State Ward Congress. What a shame! What an insult!
“A dishonorable person like Omoreige Ogbeide-Ihama should never again be given a sensitive assignment such as this one that requires integrity and honesty.
“Osun State is not Oyo State. Seyi Makinde is Governor of Oyo State and not Premier or Governor-General of southwest Nigeria. Governor Seyi Makinde has no authority whatsoever under the PDP Constitution to order the cancellation of the Osun State PDP Ward Congress.
“We the majority of the card-carrying members of Osun State PDP stand by our successful Ward Congress held on the 25th September 2021.
“Governor Seyi Makinde has obviously bought dishonorable Omoreige Ogbeide-Ihama but the results of the Osun State PDP Ward Congress is not for sale.”
There has been a running battle between two factions in the Osun PDP with that of Sunday Bisi which has the backing of the Uche Secondus led National Executive, supporting the aspiration of Ademola Adeleke as the flagbearer of the party for the 2022 gubernatorial election in the State, while the Olasoji Adagunodo faction supports Akin Ogunbiyi for the same slot.