PDP Southwest Zonal Congress: Makinde Should Not Decide Osogbo Venue – Fayose
We are saying that the congress committee from Abuja should be the one to choose the venue of the congress in Osogbo
Former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose on Thursday raised fresh concerns over the rescheduled South-West zonal congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The congress, earlier fixed for Ibadan, the Oyo state capital was moved to Osogbo, in Osun state after the group loyal to Fayose cited possible breakdown of violence.
The earlier date of April 10 was also moved to April 12.
However, speaking with our correspondent, Fayose who spoke through Lere Olayinka, his media aide said Governor Seyi Makinde and his group should not be allowed to decide the venue of the congress in Osogbo.
Fayose who said only the congress committee should decide the venue, added that any attempt to use an event centre owned by former governor of Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola in Osogbo or any other venue chosen by the Makinde camp will be rejected.
He also said the the congress should be by secret ballot so that the delegates will have the freedom to vote their conscience without fear.
“The contention ab initio is about the venue in Ibadan. That has been changed to Osogbo”.
“We are okay with that. But now, our contention is that the congress committee to be appointed by the National Working Committee to be appointed by the National Working Committee of the party should be totally in charge of the congress”.
“We are saying that the congress committee from Abuja should be the one to choose the venue of the congress in Osogbo. We are aware that there is an event centre in Osogbo owned former governor of Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola”.
“We are not going to accept holding that congress in that event centre or anywhere linked to any of them. the congress committee should be totally in charge of anything that has to do with the congress and the process should be free, fair and credible. It should also be by secret ballot.
“People should have the freedom to express their mind without fear or intimidation. That is what we are asking for. We are not asking for anybody to come and assist us to win because we know we have the required number needed to win”.