BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday declared that the process that produced the elected Adedeji Doherty-led Lagos State Executive Committee followed all due process as stipulated by the Party’s Constitution, Guidelines, the Electoral Act; and without any whimsical interference by the national leadership.
The Party also said that all actions taken by its members in Lagos in filling vacancies left either by resignations, defections and or death of occupants of those offices followed due process.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan said it was a collective decision of the majority of its members in the state taken in a determination to reposition the party for the challenges ahead.
Ologbondiyan said the development ought to be commended by well-meaning leaders and members of the PDP.
The PDP leadership further said; “No responsible and meaningful national party leadership and committed followership would allow a promising state chapter of her party, like the PDP, to be eternally polarized, balkanized and stifled, through continuous decimation of her membership due to unwarranted wrangling.
“Nigerians, especially, Lagosians, are aware that PDP members and her supporters are in the majority in the state but have wondered over the years why the fortunes of the party have not measured up to her numerical strength in successive general elections.”
The PDP National leadership which stated these while reacting to media publication credited to Chief Olabode George, a former National Deputy Chairman of the Party, wherein he reportedly made some allegations against the Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC), with regard to the election of the Lagos State Executive Committee of the Party, said it believe that Chief George did it inadvertently.
The Party noted that unfortunately George came to an erroneous conclusion, probably because he does not have the correct facts on the matter at hand.
The PDP further said; “Perusing the said publication, it is easily decipherable by all informed members and critical stakeholders that Chief George mixed up issues.
“The PDP therefore calls on all critical stakeholders and teeming members in Lagos state to close ranks, put aside all personal and parochial interests and work with the newly elected leadership to strengthen our party and provide Lagosians that credible platform to rescue their state from the strangulating and exploitative regime of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Indeed, Nigerians are looking up to our party for solutions and we must not fail them in getting the stage ready for the collective quest to retrieve the reins of governance from the anti-people, oppressive, incompetent, corrupt and vindictive APC at all levels,” he said.