THE alleged proposed arrangement by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State to appoint caretaker committees in all the council areas of the state, in case it loses out at the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ibadan over the December 15, 2007 local government elections has started causing bickerings within the party.
It would be recalled that the medium, in one of its past editions, reported that the party leadership had been strategizing on how to appoint caretaker committees after the decision of the appellate court.
It was reported that at the meeting which was held at the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in Osun East Senatorial District of the state, it was unanimously agreed that all the council bosses should be perfecting their files, as numerous investigations have shown that the chairmen could lose the case.
The party leaders in all the council areas were reportedly directed at the meeting to start their homework on who to appoint for the positions, a situation that forced some interested candidates and some council bosses to start lobbying party leaders.
Since after the meeting, this medium learnt that party leaders in some of the local government areas have been trying to sideline some of the interested candidates.
The alleged move, OSUN DEFENDER gathered, was to pave way for some of the council bosses, who have fixed their plugs with the party leaders with council funds.
However, when other interested candidates got the hints of the alleged plan to sideline them, they have started embarking on another plan to get the approval of party leaders in their domains.
The moves of the other interested candidates have reportedly split the party in some of the local government areas of the state.
Some of the party leaders who have been taken care of by some of the council chairmen are firmly behind them, while other party leaders, who have not enjoyed any benefit from the embattled council bosses have insisted on nominating other candidates for the position.
It would be recalled that opposition political parties in the state have dragged the State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC) to the appellate court over the conduct of the election, which gave the chairmen a smooth-run to their current positions.
The Court of Appeal has fixed February 3, 2009 for the adoption of brief of argument, the day expected by the appellate court to fix a day for judgment.
By KAZEEM MOHAMMED