Following the recent happenstances in the Ogun State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that causes great and continual trouble to the party.
An account from a reliable source details that the faction of the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole has merged forces with the of a son of betting mogul, Chief Kensington Adebutu; Ladi, who was reported to be nurturing governorship ambition under the Peoples Democratic Party; PDP in the forthcoming gubernatorial election come in 2019.
With the recent merger, the formidable team is set to slug it out with the Senator Kashamu Buruji’s faction, which was said to have formed a parallel exco of the party in the state.
Proceeding to the amalgamation, three groups had held their congresses on May 11, 2016 at different venues, while the Bankole’s faction reportedly held their congress at the Ake Palace; Abeokuta, Adebutu's group was said to have held theirs at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Libraray (OOPL) in Abeokuta and Kashamu's group was said to have held their congress at the PDP secretariat at Kobape Road, opposite NNPC Mega Station, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Sources disclosed that ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo is supporting Ladi Adebutu's group and that OOPL was given out to the group for their congress free of charge.
The deal between the faction of Bankole and Adebutu was allegedly sealed during the zonal congress of the PDP, which held in Akure, Ondo State on May 14, 2016.
Sources also disclosed that “Hon Dimeji Bankole decided to work with the faction of Ladi Adebutu to fight Kashamu Buruji's faction in the state ahead of the 2019 election and also insist that his group must be given one of the key zonal positions of the party zoned to Ogun State.
"Dimeji eventually given the post of the Organizing Secretary; which went to a former Majority Leader of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Fasiu Bakenne, while the group of Ladi Adebutu got the position of ex-officio, which was given to a former chairman of Ado-Odo Ota Local Government, Abayomi Tella and that of the Women Leader."
With the recent amalgamation of Dimeji and Adebutu faction, this is said to be a pointer to the fact that the formidable teams are set to take over the responsibility of leadership of the state in 2019.