PDP remains divided in Lagos ahead of LG polls
The ongoing crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP remains unresolved as the two factions of the party in Lagos are accusing each other of stalling efforts being made to present a united front ahead of the July 22 local government elections.
The Chairman of a faction of the party in the State, Segun Adewale alleged that the Moshood Salvador faction was not working for the success of the PDP in the forthcoming election.
Adewale said the Salvador faction, aligned to the Ahmed Makarfi-led National PDP Caretaker Committee, had frustrated all reconciliatory efforts to present a strong showing of the party at the polls.
“I am the authentic chairman of the PDP in the state because the court has pronounced the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction to which i belong as the authentic national leadership.
“That is the status quo and i remain the state’s chairman except the apex court gives a contrary judgement.
“Even with that, the council polls are coming and i have made reconciliatory efforts to the Salvador’s faction so that the council can do well at the poll,’’ he said.
According to him, the Salvador faction has, however, kept on frustrating the efforts.
He urged the party’s supporters to remain steadfast, urging them to work relentless for the success of the party at the polls.
Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Lagos, Taofik Gani described the allegations by Adewale as falsehood.
Gani said the Salvador group was the first to initiate a peace process ahead of the polls but that the Adewale group shunned all efforts and boycotted meetings arranged by Salvador.
“If there is any faction frustrating the peace process, it is the Adewale group. We were the first faction to initiate a peace process and we arranged meetings at Protea Hotel to ensure we do well at the polls but the other group boycotted.
“While we were doing that, the Appeal Court pronounced the Sherrif Group to which Adewale belongs as the national leadership of the party, and this made the issue more problematic.
“The other group started seeing themselves as the faction with legitimacy and leverage at the party in the state, they started dictating to everybody even when the matter is at the Supreme Court.
“They invaded the secretariat with some people and forced people out. They did not have respect for us and the elders of the party and are scuttling efforts for the party to be one,’’ he said,
May 13, 2017