By Jubril Bada
The Akure South chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is now at loggerheads with the party’s State chapter on whether or not to participate in the forthcoming Local Government elections in the state.
While the Akure South chapter of the party has resolved to participate in the election scheduled to hold in December 16, the state chapter of the party said it was still consulting whether to take part or not in the elections.
The party in the state pointed out that its decision to take part or not in the council polls will be made known this week.
The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kennedy Peretei, disclosed this in an interview with The Hope.
The council elections was fixed for December by the State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC).
Contrary to the position of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in the state that it will not take part in the polls due to what it described as the insensitivity of the state government on the incoming elections, Peretei said they are consulting.
“As we speak, as regard Akure South Local Government, what l can tell you as a party in the state is that we are still consulting. Let us come out with our final decision, ” he said.
Recall that the Akure South chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP resolved to participate in the forthcoming local government elections.
This was contained in a statement signed and made available to journalists by the party Secretary in the local government, Mr. S.A Ogedengbe.
The decision to participate in the process was reached at the expanded stakeholders meeting held last week at the local government party secretariat where other matters bothering on the progress, growth and stability of the party were extensively discussed.
After critical analysis of the current status of the party, what led to the poor show in the just concluded elections and its chances in future elections, the meeting concluded that taking part in local government elections would further strengthen the party at the grassroots and enhance its electoral chances.
The stakeholders said party members who wish to contest either as councillor or chairman were urged to play the game according to the rules by ensuring that their ambitions do not cause further damage to the party, noting that contributions, loyalty and commitment to the party would be the yardsticks for picking candidates.
All the party stalwarts at the meeting resolved to mobilise support for the party during the December council poll.
While calling on ODIEC to be neutral, transparent, fair and ensure level playing ground for all the parties that would participate in the process, the party urged members at all levels to remain united, steadfast and peaceful before, during and after the exercise.
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