The race for the soul of People’s Democratic Party in the South-west between former governor of Ekiti, Ayo Fasoye and governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo will reach the pinnacle in the political firmament in Osogbo, capital city of Osun as the party set for its zonal congress today, Monday 12.
After every attempt to settle the feud between the two party leaders remains futile, the duo are set to lead their supporters and devotees to the Southwest zonal congress Today.
Apart from Ekiti leadership tussle between Fayose and the Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Abiodun Olujinmi, in which Makinde and the National Assembly caucus of the PDP have openly supported the Olujimi faction against Fayose, who enjoys the support of the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee of the party, the Oyo governor and the former Ekiti governor are also at loggerheads over who should lead the party in the Southwest zone.
While Fayose has stoutly expressed his support for Eddy Olafeso, immediate past PDP national vice chairman for south-west, as the man who should return to the position, Makinde thumped him down, saying that, the position should come to Oyo State and has presented those led by a former deputy governor of Oyo State, Taofeek Arapaja.
Today’s congress will undoubtedly measure the influence of both leaders, and will determine the party’s feat in 2023.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party fixed the congress for today after long hours of failed discussion last Wednesday evening over agreements on who to select for the positions in the zonal executive. Zonal executive positions are usually shared among the states and power blocs to avoid a bitter election. But the narrative is different at the moment.
A party chieftain in Osun who spoke with TOS News on condition of anonymity on Sunday afternoon revealed that the venue of the congress is not yet known for security purposes.
Those who are expected to vote tomorrow are elected officials of the party in each of the six states including those elected into public offices from the local government to the National Assembly level.