The crisis rocking the southwest zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken anew dimension. Report says Governor Seyi Makinde’s faction and the former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose’s faction, have called a zonal caucus meeting of the party.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the meeting has been slated to hold on Wednesday, February 24, at different venues with a aim to brief stakeholders on the modalities for the zonal congress of the party scheduled to hold in Ibadan, the state capital, on Saturday, February 27.

The report said that while the Makinde faction is meeting at the Agodi Government House in Ibadan, Fayose and his group are holding a parallel zonal meeting at a hotel in Ikeja, Lagos.

The Ibadan caucus meeting was called by the zonal caretaker chairman, Dayo Ogungbenro, who was nominated by Governor Makinde into the zonal executive of the party, while Daisi Akiitan, the zonal secretary, called the Lagos meeting.

It was gathered that the group loyal to Fayose is backing the return of Eddy Olafeso, who resigned to contest the party’s governorship election primaries in Ondo state, but lost the ticket to Eyitayo Jegede SAN, as the new zonal chairman of the party.

It was gathered that a former deputy governor and former ambassador to Jordan, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, has been endorsed by Makinde to run as the zonal chairman of the party.

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