By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
A factional Chairman of the Lagos State, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Otunba Segun Adewale, has said that the former Vice National Chairman of the party, Chief Bode George, cannot lay claim to the ownership of the party in the state, saying that the party belongs to the members.
Adewale accused George and his group of using the political party for personal financial gain in every election cycle, charging the members to resist the dominance of George in the party.
In a press conference held today, at the party’s secretariat in Ikeja, Adewale charged the party members to remain peaceful in their various local governments, and continue to hold their regular local government and ward meetings.
“I want to charge all members to remain peaceful in every local government, and continue to hold their regular LG and Ward meetings, if you have any challenge, your LG and Ward Chairmen should reach out to me.
“We are going to be victorious in this struggle to liberate Lagos PDP from those who don’t want it to progress. We are going to rebuild the party and make it a winning machine ahead of the 2023 elections.
“We are not only going to get involved in all the positive moves that will guarantee success for the party, we will also champion all the destiny changing initiatives that will propel Lagos PDP to the land of promise. As from today, we are all saying NO more to Baba Sope because PDP belongs to all of us. We must all now be stronger together and say O TO GE TO BODE GEORGE and his brigades.”
The PDP Chieftain added that he was not in the struggle because he wanted to become the State Chairman at all cost but to give life to party members who were disappointed with the activities of the party leaders.
“I am not in this struggle because I want to become the State Chairman at all cost, I am here because of our loyal and hard working party faithfuls who have remained steadfast but get dissapointed every election cycle due to heinous activities of some people parading themselves as leaders.”
He further accused George of acting against the provisions of the party’s constitution by unilaterally installing an Acting Chairman, Dr. Dominic Adegbola, pointing out that it is only the State Executive Committee (SEC) or Congress that have the power to elect State Officer.
“Chief Bode George against the constitution, Section 46-48 unilaterally picked an Acting Chairman, Dr. Adegbola Dominic. Our constitution recognizes State Executive Committee or Congress as the only means of filling vacant position or electing State officers but not by fiat as been carried out by Chief Bode George and his cohorts.
“Dominic Adegbola upon his resumption, instead of working to unite the party, began to appoint new Chairmen in all the Local Government as against the authentic Chairmen recognized by the party, same Adegbola and his master, Chief Bode George were the people who led our members to Labour Party during the council election and scored Zero.
“After the last elections, at Chief Bode George’s Residence, he was video and Audio tapped, telling their factions that they instructed their people to work against PDP because election funds was not handed over to them”, said Adewale.