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Makinde, Fayose in a showdown in Osogbo over zonal PDP congress •Screening takes place today

Preparatory to the congress, the Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday announced the postponement of screening for candidates vying for various positions at the South-West zonal level.

The party shifted the screening exercise till Sunday, April 11th 2021 noting the action was due to a problem of logistics and that all stakeholders have been inf, formed of the postponement.

The Nation had reported that the PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement on Thursday disclosed that the leadership of the party has resolved that the southwest congress be shifted from Ibadan, Oyo State to Osogbo capital of Osun State, slating it for April 12, 2021.

A member of the zonal congress committee, Alhaji Kazeem Adio speaking with newsmen on Saturday, said, the Chairman of the Screening Exercise has communicated reasons to postpone the screening exercise till Sunday, he directed all of us to reconvene at 8 AM ahead of Monday congress.

His words: “We are meeting tomorrow at 8 AM because of some logistics reasons. We have informed the candidates. The party leaders have embarked on consultation and reconciliation to ensure a peaceful congress.

“The screening committee, Petition and Grievance Resolution committee. The two committees will be on the ground tomorrow, and if there is any ground of disagreement it would be resolved tomorrow. If there are no grievances then there is no need to resolve anything and it is cheaper and faster to resolves before going to congress.

Good numbers of committee members are already on the ground. We are trying to make sure we remain one family. We are hopeful that everything will happen peacefully. We should allow peace.

As at press time yesterday, the venue of the congress was yet to be made public due to the tension between the two factions. Already, the Fayose faction has rejected the appointment of Sen. Dino Melaye as the chairman of Congress Screening Committee. It urged the party to retain the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya the Abaribe, earlier agreed upon by both parties, saying “the sudden emergence of Senator Dino Melaye is suggestive of a planned hatchet job.”

To vote tomorrow are elected officials of the party in each of the six states including those elected into public offices from the local government to the National Assembly level.

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