By: Okunade Adekunle
Following the leadership crisis rocking the Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over who controls the party between Otunba Segun Adewale and Hon. Moshood Salvador, the National Caretaker Committee, through its Secretary, Sen. Ben Obi, has ordered that the Secretariat should be handed over to Chief Bode George and other members of the party’s Board of Trustees in the State.
This was contained in a letter written to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni and signed by the Secretary, National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ben Obi titled ” Re: PDP Secretariat in Lagos State”.
The letter reads : The attention of the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to the occupation of the PDP Secretariat at NO. 56 Adekunle Fajuyi Crescent GRA, Ikeja, Lagos by a group.
The letter continued, ” To avoid negative consequences that may arise from the tussle for the secretariat, and in keeping with Section 32(5)(e) of the PDP constitution (2012 as amended) which states that the Board of Trustees shall “be vested with the assets of the party and shall serve as custodians of such assets”, the National Caretaker Committee (NCC) hereby requests that you hand over the secretariat to Chief Bode George and other members of PDP Board of Trustees (BOT) in Lagos State”.
It will be recalled that since last year, there have been crisis rocking the party over who is the authentic State Chairman of the party between Otunba Adewale and Hon. Salvador which led to the situation whereby the Salvador faction left the party to Labour Party to contest in the just conducted Local government elections in Lagos.
Political analysts argued that the crisis if not well managed by the National Caretaker Committee, it may lead to the failure of the party in 2019 general elections in the state as aggrieved members may mobilise against the interest of the party at the polls.