IIorin - Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara on Monday in Ilorin warned that no splinter faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would be allowed to thrive in the state.
Ahmed gave the warning at the Ilorin airport on his arrival from Abuja after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan over the current crisis in the party.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that some politicians in the state had been reported to have grouped themselves ostensibly to form a faction of the party in the state.
The governor however said the warning became necessary following the emergence of factions in the party’s national leadership and the apparent spread of the crisis to some PDP-controlled states.
"The ruling PDP has the election-winning machinery at any level.
"However, a few dissidents think that this time is an opportunity for them to begin to create disharmony in the PDP system in Kwara.
"But they should know clearly that we have an election-winning machinery and that machinery has been used and it’s available.
"Those dissidents should get to know that they cannot come and start running a parallel structure here. They will just be wasting their time, because we are a formidable force.
"In Kwara, ours is not really a political party, we follow our leader. An election-winning machinery is what we have.
"We have showed it before, when we took it from ANPP to PDP and God is still with us", he said.
The governor said the meeting some PDP governors held with President Goodluck Jonathan was a mark of respect for the President and to deliberate on issues the governors had highlighted.
He said consultations were still going on, adding that another round of consultation was being arranged where he hoped the issues raised would be thrashed out.
"We voted and our votes were part of those that brought President Jonathan to power.
"Our leaders should be invited to ensure things go well. We can't struggle to get things in place for some other people to enjoy," he said.
The governor was met on arrival to Ilorin by PDP supporters and government officials who came out in their large number, amidst drumming and dancing.