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Crisis in Osun PDP after Presidential, NASS Polls

Crisis has resurfaced in the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the party’s loss to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recently concluded Presidential and National Assembly election in the state.

The APC maintained the lead in majority of the National Assembly seats and also pulled higher votes in the presidential poll.

Some of the party members alleged that those at the helm of affairs were not yielding to advise which, according to them, is the major factor affecting the success of the party.

Earlier, a crisis had rocked the party over alleged misappropriation of funds by a top official, but was resolved internally. Another crisis resurfaced again few days after the Presidential and National Assembly election, with a prominent member of the party, Chief Abiola Ogundokun, alleging that his life was being threatened.

In a letter dated Monday, March 30, 2015 and addressed to the state Commissioner of Police, Ogundokun accused the Osun PDP’s governorship candidate in the August 2014 election, Senator Iyiola Omisore and his agents, of planning to assassinate him.

Ogundokun alleged that on March 30, he got a phone call on his private number around 7.48am, where he was threatened with assassination on matters relating to him and Omisore.

“Omisore began a campaign of calumny, blackmail and accusation of anti-party activities against me for my boldness at disclosing before Mr. President and others at Aso Rock Villa, of his selfish role, dictatorial tendencies and his failure to take advice and listen to voice of reason during the gubernatorial election in Osun State, in which he was our party’s candidate,” he noted.

The letter read in part: “I seek, with respect, your command’s protection for my person, by deploying your men to guard and guide me in my daily activities, in order to save my life from the destructive machines of Senator Iyiola Omisore and his agents. It is only when I have protection that my immediate and extended families, as well as well-wishers, will have the confidence that I can live to see my old age.”

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