PDP Crisis: Obasanjo Loses out as Oyinlola’s Replacement is Sworn in.

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a turn for the worse as Prof. Adewale Oladipo, who is a member of the Buruje Kashamu-led faction in the South-west was Monday sworn in as the national secretary of the party.
His assumption of office finally put paid to Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s come back bid as the national secretary of the party.
Oyinlola had appealed his ouster from office by Justice Abdu Kafarati of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Just as the ripples of President Goodluck Jonathan’s insistence that there was no agreement reached on whether he would vie for a two-term in office or not continued yesterday, the group of seven governors (G-7) elected on the platform of the PDP yesterday said they were not surprised that Jonathan denied that he had agreement that he would not seek a second term in office.
The Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, had told Nigerians that they had an agreement with the president that he would not seek a second term in office, which the president during a Presidential Media Chat on Sunday, denied signing any agreement with anybody, challenging anyone to bring the agreement that he signed.
But before being sworn in by a public notary, Mr. Oli Chukwudi Prince, at the national secretariat of the PDP, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, said they were swearing-in Oladipo in obedience to last Friday’s court order by Justice Kafarati, which directed the party to do so.
Speaking after the ceremony, Oladipo said: “In 2015, President Jonathan, who is the leader of the PDP will be sworn in to continue his transformation agenda. I pledge my 100 per cent loyalty to him. To the national chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who is the Chief Executive Officer of PDP, I pledge my loyalty. To other members of the PDP NWC, who are the directors of the PDP, I pledge my loyalty and cooperation.” 
The swearing in ceremony was witnessed by Chief Ishola Filani, former Osun State Deputy Governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore; Chief Bakare Adikwu and  Shuibu Oyedekun, who were all members of the party’s South-west zone.
However, some confusion has arisen over the alleged planned 20 million-man march in support of Jonathan as the party said it was not in the know of the solidarity march.
Speaking on the issue, Metuh said: “Our attention has been drawn to unfounded rumours making the rounds in some sections of the media that the PDP National Secretariat is involved in plans to organise a 20 million-man march to drum up support for candidates of the party in the 2015 elections.
“For the avoidance of doubt, no organ of the party at whatever level has the mandate of the national secretariat to engage in any such activity.  We, therefore, have no connection whatsoever with the group planning it.” 
But in a swift reaction, the organisers of the 20 million-man solidarity march released the approval letter granted to them by Tukur and signed by his Political Adviser, Abubakar Umar Gada, dated September 18, this year.
The letter, which was addressed to the Event Manager, Chief Obi Aguocha, read in part: “Your letter of August 22 2013 on the above subject matter refers. The National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has asked me to convey his approval of your proposal of a national solidarity rally as presented. Thanks.”
In a related development, one of the North-west governors, who is also a member of the G-7 Governors, said that they were not surprised that President Jonathan openly denied that there was no agreement that he would only contest for one tenure of office of four years.
According to the governor, who does not want to be quoted, “We are not surprised that the president will deny that there was no agreement. We are not surprised because after all, he denied that there was no zoning arrangement within the party.
“We are not surprised at all, after all, he signed a communiqué that there was zoning within the party when he represented his governor, Chief D.S. P. Alameyesigha, in 2001. He was number 35 in the list, but he later denied the content of the documents that he signed. So, we are not surprised at all. This is all politics.”
However, one of the G7 governors challenged the media to publish in details what the president said to Nigerians resident in Ethiopia, when he addressed them in Addis Ababa, saying: “The task is on the media to publish word for word, what President Jonathan said to them in 2010 or it is taken that the media lied.”
Also, the governor challenged the media to publish the communiqué of the PDP governors, meeting where 20 governors attended in December 2010, before the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that approved the guidelines for the 2015 guidelines for all elections, including the governorship, National Assembly and the presidential primaries.
“The meeting was moderated by the former National Chairman, Dr. Okweliseze Nwodo and the communiqué of the meeting was read by the Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema,” the North-west governor said.
It was also learnt that a copy of the agreement was indeed with a South-south governor, who didn’t want to be involved in the agreement controversy.
Another South-south governor, who spoke, referred to the agreement between the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Victor Attah, with his Cross River State colleague, Mr. Donald Duke, where Attah in an agreement ceded oil wells to Cross River State through an agreement between both governors.
But the agreement was thrown away by the Supreme Court, where the oil wells returned to Akwa Ibom State.
The South-south governor said whether there was an agreement or not, “what is paramount is that superiority of the Nigerian constitution over such agreements, if there was any. The 1999 Constitution allows any president the chance to contest for a second term, unless that person says that he or she will not enjoy his constitutional rights of second term as guaranteed by the constitution.”