Further crisis has engulfed the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on thursday as party stakeholders have kicked against the move by a Chieftain of party and factional Governorship candidate, Hon. Ladi Adebutu to support the party of the State Governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun; the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and it’s governorship candidate, Abdulkadir Akinlade.
At an expanded meeting of the PDP leadership at Legacy House, Onikolobo, secretariat of the faction loyal to Adebutu, leaders of his faction kicked against the move and walked out of the meeting.
Some of the leaders it was disclosed confessed that Ladi Adebutu is not the kind of leader the party envisaged and cannot give directive on their political fortune, maintaining that the planned support for Amosun’s APM is only for Adebutu’s personal agenda and cannot be in the collective interest of the people.
According to one of them, “We don’t know what Ladi Adebutu take us for, we are not his boys that he can just reel out directive as he pleases because he got us (PDP) to where we are in the political equation of the State. Adebutu destroyed the political career of many young men and women for his personal agenda and he cannot be allowed to take us through another political misadventure because of his selfish interests.”
On Wednesday, the Federal High Court in Abeokuta, passed a judgment putting paid to Ladi Adebutu’s gubernatorial ambition and confirming the candidacy of Buruji Kashamu.
According to one of the leaders who attended the meeting, “Even attempts to bribe some of us with mouth watering price will not sway us.”
Leaders who stormed out of the meeting includes: Hon. Waliu Taiwo, Director General Ladi Adebutu Campaign Organization; Chief Mrs Iyabode Apampa, PDP Apex Chairman; former Deputy Governor, Alhaja Salmot Badru; Alhaji Bisiriyu Popoola, PDP National Ex-Officio; Engineer Seni Ayorinde, Leader PDP Ogun Central; Chief Ogunjobi amongst others.