Conduct of the Ward Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in
Ekiti State has been hailed by one of the State Chairmanship
aspirants, Hon. Bisi Kolawole.
Kolawole, who commended the Electoral Committee headed by the Deputy
Governor of Taraba State, Engr. Haruna Manu, condemned the invasion
of the hotel where the electoral officials sent from Abuja to conduct
the congress were lodged by armed thugs brought by those from the
According to a statement issued on Monday, by the Director of Media
and Publicity of the Bisi Kolawole Campaign Council, Bola Agboola,
“instead of engaging in political brigandage, those in Olujimi group
who are not pleased with the conduct of the congress should approach
the Appeal Panel that will begin sitting on Thursday, this week.”
The chairmanship hopeful, who congratulated those who emerged
victorious in the Ward Congress, commended former governor Ayodele
Fayose for his commitment to the party.
He said it was funny that some people chose to go about acting like a
student who opted to write an examination when question paper and
invigilator were yet to arrive and turned out to claim that he had
passed the examination.
“Can a team claim to have played a football match when the match
officials were yet to arrive?
“Fact is that it was clearly stated in the party guideline for the
conduct of the congresses that the actual conduct of the elections at
the Ward, Local Government Area, State and Zonal Congresses shall be
by the Congresses Committee at each level appointed by the National
Working Committee (NWC).
“In this instance, the committee set up by the NWC for the conduct of
the Ward Congress in Ekiti State arrived Ado Ekiti at about 1pm on
Saturday, and Electoral Officers for the 16 Local Councils got
electoral materials at the party secretariat in Ado Ekiti at about
1:30pm and proceeded to their respective local councils immediately.
“The congress was duly conducted in all the wards in 14 out of the 16
local councils, leaving only Gbonyin and Ekiti East local councils.
“Therefore, the option left for any aggrieved member of the party is
to approach the Appeal Panel and by the Congresses Timetable, the
panel will be in Ekiti on Thursday, this week.”