A new Exco for the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Ogun State, was on Friday, inaugurated to pilot the affairs of the party for the next four years.
The oaths of office and allegiance, which took place in batches of 15 persons because of social distancing order, were administered by a lawyer and a notary public, Victor Owokoya and Oluwatoyin Omomehin, respectively.
The 23 newly inaugurated executive members, who are loyalists of a former Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, also received a car each from the Omo-Ilu Foundation, founded by Kashamu.
The former Senator’s loyalists had assembled at the party secretariat, located along Oke-Mosan Road, Kuto, Abeokuta to witness the inauguration.
Some of the newly inaugurated executive members include: Samson Bamgbose, as Chairman, Kehinde Oladehinde as deputy chairman, Adeleke Shittu as secretary, Abimbola Lanre as women leader, and Rafael Olaosebikan as youth leader.
Others are Olasunkanmi Oyejide as Publicity Secretary, Vivian Ogunwo as legal adviser, Tomi Anifowose as financial secretary and Toyin Atoba as Treasurer.
The new PDP chairman in the state, Samson Bamgbose, explained that the inauguration was done on Friday, being the last working day of the week.
He said the new executive members would assume office on Monday, adding that the tenure of the outgoing state exco would end officially May 10, 2020.
Bamgbose, who was a former deputy chairman during the administration of the outgoing executive, pledged that his administration would bring victory to the party in the coming elections.
Speaking on the legality of the inauguration, he insisted that the congress that produced its executive was backed by the constitution of the party.
He also said the list of names of the newly inaugurated executive had been sent to the National Executive Committee of the party in Abuja.
He said, “About what is happening now, as far as I am concerned, there is no error.
“Today, we are doing our inauguration of the executive that has been constituted and elected and before we can do anything, we must be inaugurated,” the new chairman insisted.
Mean while, the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday dissociated itself from the newly inaugurated state executive committee of the Ogun State chapter of the party.
National Chairman and National Secretary of the PDP, Uche Secondus, and Senator Umaru Tsauri, respectively, made the party’s position known in a statement they jointly signed in Abuja.
The PDP national leadership said its attention was drawn to the “purported inauguration of certain unknown persons as state officers of the party in Ogun State on Friday.”
It advised party members that the PDP has not conducted any Congress for the election of party officials at any level: ward, local government, or state in Ogun State.