Crisis hits Osun PDP as NWC sack state Chairman

Following the sack of Osun state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Hon Soji Adagunodo, by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, Mr Sunday Akanfe Atidade, has been appointed as the acting Chairman of the party. 

Adagunodo was asked to quit in a letter by Senator Usman Tsauri, the National Secretary of the party over allegations of maladministration, anti-party activities and malfeasance. 

Tsauri said the decision was imperative as the report of the National Disciplinary Committee of the party found him culpable of the allegations and complaints against him.

The acting Chairman, who is a former Chairman of Ede South Local Government,  Atidade, Friday, in a statement, said his experience will in no small way help the party in the state. 

He said the youths and women have a key role to play, promising that he would carry every members along in taking the party to the high level. 

“I’m aware of the urgent need to be decisive in breeding confidence. I’m aware our situation is ripe for new decisions that need to be made quickly to help the cause of our party, but we cannot afford to be rash.

“In the course of my experience in this field, I’ve learned and lived the popular notion that leaders only get stronger as they invest time in their teams and help develop other leaders. Leaders don’t need the credit or the involvement in every decision. 

“We must therefore devise urgent means to stimulate contributory empowerment of our youthful assets we are blessed with in abundance. They are the most potent class of our party and we must work more resourcefully with them.

“Our job as leaders is to stay as close in touch as possible with those closest to the action and this is where our women come in handy. I therefore enjoin our womenfolk to brace up to take the lead in our next line of grassroot mobilisation.

Meanwhile, Adagunodo has appealed to his supporters to be calm and shun any act of violence following his removal. 

He said, “It is noted that the unjust contents therein might cause disaffection among the party members but I appeal to them to be calm. 

In a statement signed and made available to news men on Friday, Adagunodo assured his supporters that the leadership of the party is already handling the matter to be resolved amicably, noting “there is no cause for alarm.”

He then appealed to all loyal party members to remain steadfast and resolute, saying “the current situation is just a phase and it will fade away as usual.

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