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Lagos PDP Restrategises For Rancour Free Congresses

Posted: Apr 28, 2016 at 1:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Augustine Adah

Lagos-  Ahead of the ward congress of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expected to hold on Saturday April 30, the Lagos State chapter of the party held a general meeting of the party last Tuesday at the party secretariat in Ikeja GRA of Lagos.  Apart from the congress and the national convention of the party slated for Port Harcourt next month, members also used the occasion to strategise on the forthcoming local government election in the state and the 2019 general elections. Several speakers devoted time to explain to members on the preparations made to ensure that the congress is devoid of rancour and acrimony.


They admitted the mistake the party made in the past that brought it to the present condition and promised that such mistakes would not be repeated this time around.


A  chieftain of the party in Lagos State, Chief Bode Goerge, appealed to party members to be peaceful and united during the forthcoming party congress. George, a former Deputy National Chairman of PDP said the party remained a party to reckon with and urged the party members not to let it go down. George said, “Today, PDP has become an Iroko tree. This party must not go down. I want to beg you that even when we disagree, let us allow the people to decide in our congresses.

“Let’s avoid personal interest; let’s do away with imposition; only the competent people should be elected into positions. Please, go about the congresses peacefully, I am pleading.

“We have to be united since everybody cannot become a leader; everybody cannot become chairman. Only one person can do it. “Let’s support whoever God has ordained to lead. PDP will win hands down if other contestants of any post support whoever emerges as winner,” he said.

The party chieftain said there was no division or faction in the party in the state contrary to the opinion of some people. Coming hard on those who are bent on creating anarchy in the party, George came hard on them. “Those who have taken the part of perfidy,  at the appropriate time, God would take care of them.”

Regarded as the leader of the party in the state, George said he has paid enough due in the party and would consider gradual withdrawal from playing a prominent position in the party any moment from now. He admitted that they are some members who could be regarded as bastards in the party and urged members to be careful of such persons as they go to elect leaders that would serve them both at the ward, local, state and federal levels. The interest of such persons according to George is to cause division in the party. He maintained that PDP does not belong to him any other leaders of the party but a collective association of people with common interest.”I want to tell you that PDP belongs to all of us, I don’t want anybody to think that he or she is working for Bode George, I only have a privilege position in the party.”  George who said he would not interfere with the election of leaders in the state promised not to misuse the privilege position he has in the party.

Another chieftain of the party, Sen. Adeseye Ogunlewe, urged the leadership of the party to give room for the youths in the forthcoming ward, local and state congresses. According to him, the older generation in the party should leave the party leadership for the youth in order to give hope and future to the party.“We need youths to take over the leadership of the party at the ward, local, state and even national level; let’s give them a chance. “The youths should do it, let the older people leave the youth alone; they are matured enough,” he said.


Ogunlewe, a former Minister of Works, urged party elders to avoid greed and support youths with good counsel in order to move the party forward. He also advised the youth to shun all forms of violence during the congress. On the party leadership tussle, Ogunlewe said that George remained a leader to beat in the party and urged the people to disregard whoever is parading himself as the leader of the party in the south-west.


Earlier, the outgoing state chairman of the Party, retired Capt. Tunji Shelle, said the meeting was to prepare party members for the forthcoming council polls in the state and the national convention of the party. Shelle said; “We are fully prepared in Lagos State for the convention and we expect other states to follow suit. The state is preparing for the 2019 elections too.” The chairman said that the party would field good candidates in all council elections.  Shelle did not end his speech without x-raying the present All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the country. Shelle’s position last Tuesday was not different from his assessment of the party when a similar meeting of the party was held last month in the state.  The outgoing chairman told the gathering that APC government at the centre lacks idea on how to redeem the country from the present economic crisis. He further stated that the present APC administration whose interest is only to take over power without corresponding agenda to develop the country, would be kick out of Aso Rock in 2019 during the presidential election.


On the achievements of Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos State, Shelle advised the government to construct more pedestrian bridges to alleviate the suffering of people in trying to cross from side of the road to the order. In addition, Shelle described the traffic on almost all roads in the state as embarrassing and urged the government to do everything needed to reduce it. “Many people spent productive hours on Lagos roads, such situation bring economic loss to the people and the government.”


Gani Taofik, Publicity Secretary of the party on his part faulted the preparation of Lagos State government towards the conduct of forth coming local government elections. Taofeek urged the Ambode’s government to dissolve the present board of Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) as some of the members are card carrying members of APC.


He promised that the leadership of the party would pursue the matter to its logical conclusion. Taofeek decried the attitude of Lagos State government in its appointment of care taker to administer the administration of local government areas. The practice he said violated the constitution of the federal government which provided a democratically elected government at all tiers of government. He further declared the preparation of PDP to participate in the local government election in the state any time the election is conducted.


The party image maker vowed that the PDP in Lagos State is sure of winning about 45 local government and local council development areas in the forth coming election.  “APC government in Lagos State has consistently violated the constitution of the country by making use of Executive Secretaries to administer local government councils in the state, because they know PDP would defeat them in a free and fair election in the state.”


Though PDP was denied victory in many local government areas it won when the last local government election was held last time in the state, Taofik said the party has put measures in place to avoid such occurrence this time around.  The meeting had in attendance almost all leaders of the party in the state, but the absence of Musiliu Obanikoro, former minister of state for Defence in the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was conspicuously noticed at the meeting.