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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Youth wing, in Kwara has declared their support for the state chairman of the party, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo now that the Supreme Court has settled the conflict within the party.
The Concerned PDP youths in Kwara State threw their weight behind the chairman at a press conference addressed by its Comrade Musbau Esinrogunjo in Ilorin on Sunday.
The youth leader also expressed the support of PDP youths in the state for the national chairman, Senator Ahmad Makarfi and rejoiced with him and the party on the Supreme Court judgment.
“We congratulate the national leadership of our party under the stewardship of Senator Ahmad Makarfi of our victory at the Supreme Court against those who did not mean well for the progress of our party.
“It is indeed a feat worthy of celebration from all and sundry. The victory has provided an avenue for us to put our house in order to take over the mantle of leadership in the country come 2019,” Esinrogunjo added.
According to the youth leader, Oyedepo as the state chairman of the party has provided sound leadership since he was elected.
Esinrogunjo added that Oyedepo has never been found wanting in the discharge of his duty as the chairman of PDP in Kwara.
“But report reaching us indicates that some self-centered individuals who did not mean well for our party are now parading themselves at the national secretariat as leaders of the party in Kwara.
“As far as we are concerned, these individuals are not only mischief makers, but are agents of the ruling APC hired to cause disunity in our party in order to weaken us,” he added.
The concerned youth leader was of the view that any other person parading himself as chairman is illegal, adding; “any other chairman is not representing the interest of PDP in Kwara State.”
He said that Oyedepo was duly elected as the chairman in 2016 which he witnessed and a delegate at Stella Obasanjo hall. “This is a signal to the national secretariat, all the members of PDP youths and party loyalists in Kwara State are here, our mandate and support are Markafi and Barrister Iyiola Oyedepo.
“Prince Sunday Fagbemi came to that election and when it was about 7pm, he boycotted the election that he cannot withstand the election. All we heard is that somebody will take over the leadership as the chairman without even conducting any election.
“You attended an election and by about 7pm you ran away, so where did they count the votes that made you a winner? He asked.
Esinrogunjo maintained that there were no faction in Kwara PDP as the only chairman of the party is Iyiola Oyedepo, saying that he remained the only authentic and legitimate chairman of PDP in the state.
“We only have one leadership which is Barrister Iyiola Oyedepo and that is the only chairman we are having in Kwara State and that is the message we are sending to the national secretariat,” he said.
He added that Oyedepo, as PDP chairman has been attending the PDP NEC meetings, regional and national meetings.
Esinrogunjo appealed to the party leadership in Abuja not to impose anybody on the party in Kwara or violate the party’s constitution.
He therefore called on the national chairman of the party, Senator Ahmad Makarfi to give recognition to Iyiola Oyedepo as the genuine and authentic chairman of the party in Kwara.
“Any attempt to do otherwise shall be met with decisive resistance, we shall be calm, firm and resolute as party loyalists and wait for further directive from the party,” he said.