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2023: SDP holds parallel congresses, gets two factions in Oyo

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The Oyo State chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has held parallel congresses to elect state executive members of the party, DAILY POST reports.

Our correspondent gathered that the congresses became necessary in view of the forthcoming general elections in 2023.

DAILY POST correspondent gathered that two factions within the party on Saturday held parallel congresses where two executive members emerged.

The congresses were held simultaneously at two different locations in Ibadan, the state capital.

It was gathered that one of the congresses was held at the National Museum of Unity, Aleshinloye, Ibadan.

The second congress was held at Havanah Royale, beside the University of Ibadan.

DAILY POST gathered on Sunday that the congress, which took place at Aleshinloye produced Mr. Yinka Folahan as Chairman.

The second congress which took place at Havanah Royale produced Mr. Kola Balogun as Chairman.

Other members who will serve as members of Folahan’s faction are; Leye Egunobi who emerged as Secretary, Dasola Adebayo who emerged as Women leader, Otunba Tunde Laoye who emerged as Public Relatives Officer, Princess Kemi Oshinowo who emerged as Organising Secretary and Akintan Oladele who emerged as Youths leader.

Folahan, while speaking, explained that the congress which produced him as Chairman was attended by all the party executives from the 33 local government areas in the state.

He said that the congress was conducted by the outgoing Chairman of the party, Ambassador Olugbenga Curtis.

Folahan told DAILY POST on Sunday, “All the party executives from all the local government were there present.

“It was conducted by the outgoing Chairman”.

2023: SDP holds parallel congresses, gets two factions in Oyo

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Thugs disrupt factional SDP meeting in Kwara State

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Political thugs on Wednesday disrupted a news conference of a faction of the Social Democratic Party in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The thugs invaded Labour House, beside Kwara State High Court complex, where members were addressing newsmen.

The thugs, numbering about 20, forced their way into the Labour House owned by the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress and descended heavily on the conveners of the meeting.

A factional Chairman of the SDP in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state, James Olajide, was assaulted, leaving him with torn cloth and dragged on the bare floor by the thugs.

The invading thugs accused the local government chairman of taking money from the state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, to foment trouble in the SDP.

“Baba Ifelodun, you took money from AA to disrupt our party,” one of the thugs said.

The thugs also beat and drove away an elderly man, who was walking with the aid of a walking stick.

NAN reports that the Publicity Secretary of a faction of the SDP, Kareem Akanbi, had on Tuesday announced the suspension of eight members from the party.

The conveners of the Wednesday meeting were some of the people that were suspended for alleged anti-party activities.

Before the disruption of the news conference, the factional Chairman of the SDP (original), Ibrahim Yahaya, had alleged plans by some former members of the All Progressives Congress to hijack it from the pioneer executive of the party.

Yahaya said: “It is no longer news that a faction of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State (APC Loyal) formally applied to join our party, the SDP, vide a letter to SDP National Secretariat dated March 9, 2022, by a reply letter dated 11th March 2022.

“The National Secretariat of SDP acknowledged the APC Loyal letter and their intention to join the SDP in Kwara State with a promise to work on a harmonisation arrangement on how their interests will be accommodated.

“The original SDP members in Kwara under my leadership were waiting for further directives from National Secretariat.

“But we were shocked to hear about a purported State congress of Kwara SDP held on April 26, 2022, which was stage-managed by the Kwara APC Loyal group in collaboration with some officials of SDP National Secretariat.

“The sole aim of the kangaroo state congress election of SDP on April 26, 2022, was to hijack the party from the original members of the party who had worked tirelessly to bring the party to its enviable position in Kwara.

“The said congress was held in contravention to the SDP constitution. Also, the original members of Kwara SDP were denied participation in the said congress contrary to the relevant provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.

“I wish to inform this august gathering that we have protested the said purported state congress of Kwara SDP held on April 26, 2022, at the Kwara APC Loyal Secretariat to the National Secretariat of the party.

“Also, we have instructed our team of lawyers, who have since swung into action to challenge in court the legality of the purported state congress of the Kwara SDP held on April 26, 2022.”

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APC primaries: I have reserved hotels with food for over 7,000 delegates — Osinbajo

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The Prof. Yemi Osinbajo Campaign Organisation on Wednesday said that it would provide hotel accommodation for more than 7,000 All Progressives Congress delegates across the country during the party’s presidential primary election.

Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, Office of the Vice-President, disclosed this.

Ojudu announced this to delegates in Minna, while wooing them to vote for Osinbajo during the party’s primaries.

He said: “Before you leave Minna to the national delegates conference, your hotel accommodations and other things will be provided for you to enable you to feel at home through out the delegates conference.

“We have provided hotel accommodations for the more than 7,000 APC delegates to the presidential primary election.

“We don’t want a situation where more than one person will stay in a room.

“We want all of you to feel comfortable during the primary election.”

Ojudu said that there would be vehicles to convey the delegates to and fro the venue from their hotels and also a desk officer in each hotel to attend to the needs of the delegates.

“At the hotel, food will be provided and there will be a desk officer to attend to all your needs,” he said.

Ojudu said that the campaign organisation would do everything possible to reward the delegates if Osinbajo is elected as the party’s candidate and by the grace of God emerges the president in the 2023 general election.

He said: “In the past our delegates have not been rewarded.

“Rather other people who did not contribute were rewarded with appointments and jobs.

“If Osinbajo is elected as promised, we are going to reward all of you with jobs and appointments.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that while Ojudu was briefing the delegates and newsmen, Osinbajo was having a closed door meeting with the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello.

NAN also reports that after the meeting with Bello, Osinbajo met the delegates in a closed door before leaving Minna.

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