There is a threat to the fragile peace within the People?s Democratic Party in Ondo State as a controversy is currently brewing over the registration of new members, who recently defected to the party.
There were indications on Monday in Akure that some new members were receiving membership cards across the wards without the involvement of the party secretariat in Akure.
It was gathered that the exercise was an effort by the National Working Committee of the party to give recognition to the new members, without the participation of the state executive, following the latter?s posture on the defection of Governor Olusegun Mimiko and his loyalists.
But Chairman of the party in the state, Ebenezer Alabi, in a statement made available to our correspondent, ?raised the alarm on what he termed ?illegal? registration going on in the party.
He said, ?The cards and registers distributed to all the wards in Ondo State did not emanate from the National Secretariat nor the State Party office located at No 68 Oyemekun Road, Akure. Therefore, they are fake.?
Alabi however stated that an Abuja High Court had ruled that the status quo should be maintained within the structure of the party and admonished every member of the party to refrain from taking any step that could lead to a breach of peace.
He blamed Mimiko for the ?illegal? registration, saying it was calculated to distabilise the party.
He called on all members of the party to dissociate themselves from the registration, urging the security agencies to take note of the illegality being perpetrated in the said registration.
But the Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, told our correspondent on the phone on Monday that the governor was not involved in any registration exercise.
He said, ?Those who are crying, should investigate where the cards are coming from. We are not the ones doing registration. Before going to the media, they should do a thorough investigation.?
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