Toba Adedeji, Osogbo
THE factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Mr. Sunday Akanfe, on Monday assumed duty at the party secretariat in Osogbo.
The Nation reports that Akanfe, the former deputy chairman, was inaugurated as the acting chairman in Akure, the Ondo State capital, after Soji Adagunodo was suspended by the National Working Committee of the party for alleged anti-party activities.
Adagundo, in a statement, insisted that he remained the chairman of the party and called security operatives to act against any forceful attempt to take over the secretariat, to avoid a breakdown of law and order.
In a statement, Akanfe urged members to be more committed to the party by promoting peace.
He said his administration would be sensitive to the agitations of youths.
Akanfe said: “My leadership in Osun State chapter of the PDP at this time is borne out of internal working of the party. It is a duty I cannot lobby to undertake. It is a duty I cannot lawfully reject as well. As a baby of circumstance, I cannot pray the cup to pass over me because the cup has nowhere else to fall constitutionally, except on my head. It is a fate I cannot wave away according to the laws governing the party and our legal engagement as elected members of the state working committee of the party since two years ago.
“Working with focus will, however, entail strict discipline as supported by our party constitution. Members must be ready to submit themselves to the ethos of a party wanting to rescue Osun State. It is impossible to make headway while we work at cross purposes.
“Henceforth, I will work with organs of the party, including essential directorates to plant the seed, water and nurture our message of the task, the Operation Rescue Osun State.
“To the ruling party in the state, I want to say that the die is cast. The moment of truth is here. Your dubious and unprofitable stranglehold on the state is enough.”