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PDP Removes Oyinlola’s Portraits From Secretariat

PDP Removes Oyinlola’s Portraits From Secretariat

The civil war in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is far from over, with yesterday’s removal of sacked National Secretary Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s portraits from the national secretariat.

Oyinlola’s office has been locked. All 19 staff of the embattled former governor have been stopped from coming to the national secretariat.

But some members of the National Working Committee (NWC) have rejected the disciplinary measure taken against Oyinlola while a case is pending in court.

Oyinlola’s portraits were removed in a special operation allegedly coordinated by the National Director of Administration Gurama Bawa.

The action may have sealed Oyinlola’s hope of returning to the office.

Prior to the action, it was gathered that the portraits in all the offices were that of President Goodluck Jonathan, the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and Oyinlola.

A source said: “I think the party leadership has foreclosed the return of Oyinlola to office, irrespective of the outcome of the ongoing suit in court. It means that even if Oyinlola wins the case, Tukur might not work with him again.

“The portraits of the former National Secretary were all removed on Wednesday, in a sudden operation coordinated by the Director of Administration who acted on a directive from the party.

“So, all the portraits were brought down, signifying the level the crisis between Oyinlola and Tukur had degenerated.

“This is the first time we are really seeing real war among NWC members, who are still pretending that all is well.”

Bawa reportedly told Oyinlola’s aides to stay away to avert any act capable of causing a breach of peace.

Bawa’s logic is, according to sources, that since Oyinlola is out of office, there is no basis for the staff to be reporting for duty.

Four of the aides confirmed the stay-at-home ban.

One of them said: “In spite the fact that we are card-carrying members of the PDP, they said the 19 staff should not come near the vicinity of the National Secretariat. They said we risk arrest, if we come to the place.

“They based it on security grounds. But it is strange that a PDP member cannot go to the national secretariat of the party. What they have done is to infringe on our fundamental human rights to free movement.

“We have not even been allowed to clear our desks from the office of the National Secretary.”

Another said: “Some of us may go to court against this restriction of movement to the National Secretariat of the PDP. This is certainly strange.”

But, some NWC members have queried the removal of Oyinlola’s portraits which they considered subjudice.

It was learnt that some NWC members yesterday complained about the alleged maltreatment of Oyinlola.

A member of the NWC, who spoke in confidence, said: “We were all shocked by the latest development, which we least expected.

“They have locked up Oyinlola’s office and the portraits have been removed. These actions have been taken at a time we are working on reconciliation within the party.

“Some of us have decided to raise the issue with the Leader of the party, President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.

“The irony of it is that most of the administrative officers claimed to have acted on instructions from above.

“The initial plan was to have the acting National Secretary of the party, Mr. Onwe Onwe, to take over Oyinlola’s office but the legal implications far outweigh political considerations.”

Southwest leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday lamented their descent into irrelevance. They described their present situation as dark and gloomy.

The leaders who converged on Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja yesterday, said they are now dangling on a precipice of irrelevance and dark, bitter ruination.

In a mournful speech read by the former deputy national chairman, Chief Bode George, the party lamented the stunted growth, chaotic situation of their lot in the scheme of things.

George said: “We stunted without growth. We are frozen in chaotic tumult without movement. We are halted in muddle and misery by our own contrivances. Alas, we are orphaned, detained in self-inflicting conundrum and despair.

“Pray, where is the way forward. How do we plow through this prevailing murkiness. How do we restore our path to the desired road of redemption and collective progress.

“We dwell in retrogressive circles, frozen in perpetual blame game, halted in bickering and muddle, thereby creating a leadership vacuum now absorbed and seized by charlatans and the avatars of dubious and unknown pedigree.

“We steer our ship in different directions. We are led by different, contrary captains on the same boat of life. We all cry and shout progress but we still move and hurry in separate directions. We lack clarity and a unifying articulation.

“There are no easy solutions. There is no magic wand anywhere. Our collective salvation dwells within us all. We must plunge within our culture and sift through the depths of our ancestry for the way forward”.

Present at the meeting were all past and serving cabinet ministers from the southwest, former governors, former federal legislators and PDP national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.

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