By Kayode Adeoti
Conflicting reports last night trailed the participation of the Kwara State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming local government election in the state slated for November 4.
Multiple sources who spoke to Pilot Politics over the matter said the leadership of the factions in the state may contest the council election under the platform of another party depending on the resolution of the leadership crisis in the state by the national body.
Speaking with this medium over the development yesterday night, the former embattled factional chairman of the party, Iyiola Oyedepo, said he cannot speak for the party any longer, adding that his office as the state party chairman has been dissolved by the national leadership of the party.
On the allegation on whether PDP will not be participating in the forthcoming local government elections in the state, Oyedepo said he doesn’t know for now, saying it all lies in the hand of national caretaker committee.
“By the dissolution and pronouncement of the Caretaker Committee during the congress last week in Abuja, I’m no more the state chapter chairman of the PDP. I don’t have any office again so I might not be able to speak for the party. But only the caretaker chairman can say if our party will run for the poll or not.
In his reaction, his former factional counterpart, Prince Sunday Fagbemi submitted that the party is vigorously preparing for the poll. He added that plans are in top gear to give the ruling party a keen contest.
He also denied the allegation that the PDP will not be running in the LG election, saying nothing changes about the modalities of the party for the poll.
He said, “The national body of the party is aware of the forthcoming election and they will do something drastic to end any brewing issue in our state chapter of the party. The two factions have agreed to work together, so the issue of non participation in the poll cannot hold any weight, we are mapping out strategies in order to be able to dislodge the ruling government,” he added.