TEMITOPE ADEDEJI, Akure
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West geo political zone on Saturday held its zonal congress in Akure, the Ondo state capital where the one time Commissioner for Information in Ondo state, during late Dr. Olusegun Agagu, Chief Eddy Olorogun Olafeso was elected the zonal chairman of the party.
Elected at the congress,along the chairman are the Zonal Secretary Rev Bunmi Jenyo (Osun), Organizing Secretary, Hon Wasiu Bankere (Ogun), Youths Leader, Hon Femi Adetola (Oyo) and Women Leader, Mrs Ajigbeda (Ogun).
Others are the zonal Publicity Secretary Hon Abiola Makinde (Ondo) Financial Secretary Chief Aifoji, Auditor Hon Biliaminu Ogundele (Oyo), Treasurer Mr Adeola Ogunrinde (Ekiti) and the Legal Adviser Mr Sunday Ojo-Williams (Osun).
While other officials of the party emerged unopposed, the position of the Treasurer was contested for between Ogunrinde and Kolawole who are both from Ekiti state as the leadership of the party had earlier zoned the post to Ekiti state.
Ogunrinde who was the candidate of Governor Fayose had 62 votes, whileKolawole had 12 votes.
In his remarks, at the congress,Governor Mimiko who called for unity among all members of the party, said the future of the country is in the hands of the PDP, adding that the PDP will determine the future of the PDP.
According to him “the PDP has a bright future in this country, but our actions and inactions will determine the future of our party in Nigeria. We must therefore stand for integrity as a party with history of integrity and progressivism.”
He stressed that “the truth which we stand for will vindicate us in PDP in the South West region. Governor Ayo Fayose and I are working for the progress of the party in the South West and we shall continue to do that.”
Mimiko added that “the extent at which we stand up for the truth will determine the future of our party.”
Also speaking, Governor Fayose stressed the need for unity among members of the party in the South West, just as he called on all members to work towards the victory of the party in the 2019 Presidential election.
Fayose stressed that any other zonal congress aside the one held in Akure was illegal, adding that members of the party who fail to recognize the Akure congress are enemies of the party.
He appealed to the judiciary to be weary of those who only wish to win elections through the court and not through election.
While swearing-in the new zonal officials of the party, the congress Chairman, and former Governor of Rivers State Dr Celestine Omeha urged the new leaders to work for the progress of the party in their different capacities.
In his acceptance speech, the new zonal chairman, chief Olafeso assured that he would do his best to reorganize and reunite the party in the zone and therefore called on all members of the party to support him.
He was optimistic that the party would send the All Progressives Congress (APC) out of government come 2019.
Other leaders of the party at the congress were Senator Iyiola Omisore, Hon Albert Adeogun, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, Hon Bade Falade and Chief Bayo Faforiji among others.