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George collects key to sealed secretariat of Lagos PDP, says Salvador is Chairman

George collects key to sealed secretariat of Lagos PDP, says Salvador is Chairman

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olabode George, said he has received the key to the sealed secretariat of the party in Lagos.

George spoke with journalists in Ikeja after emerging from a meeting at the office of the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni.

The police had sealed the secretariat on Thursday as a result of crisis over who controlled the secretariat after the Supreme Court judgement affirming the leadership of Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.

George and a Lagos PDP factional Chairman, Moshood Salvador, are staunch supporters of Makarfi, while another factional chairman, Segun Adewale had occupied the secretariat before the Supreme Court sacked Ali Modu-Sheriff, to whom he was aligned.

Adewale had, however, on Saturday, said that the National Caretaker Committee of PDP had ordered that the state secretariat should be handed over to George and other members of the party’s BoT in Lagos.

He said that the order was contained in a letter signed by the Secretary, National Caretaker Committee, Ben Obi, and addressed to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.

George told journalists in Ikeja on Monday that the police complied with the request by the national secretariat of the party to give the key to him.

Brandishing the letter containing the request before journalists, the party chieftain said the request was sequel to the court judgement in favour of the Makarfi-led caretaker committee.

He said the sacking of Ali Modu-Sheriff meant that PDP was now one in the country under Makarfi.

George said Salvador was the Chairman of PDP in the state as endorsed by the party ‘s National Executive Council meeting and the occupation of the secretariat by any other factional executive was illegal.

He said the leadership of Salvador in the state was very clear, as the party’s NEC did not include Lagos as one of the states with leadership issues.

George dismissed talks in some quarters that there was crisis in the party, saying the party only had frictions, which would be resolved.

He said he would hand over the keys to the right party members who would hold party activities there.

“Let me assure all our people in Lagos that there is peace in the state’s chapter of the party.

“I have collected the key to the secretariat from the CP in the presence of Aduke Maina, a member of the Party ‘s Board of Trustees, and i will hand it over to my people.

“The secretariat will be open to all members. The notion that there is crisis in Lagos PDP is not true. Yes, there are frictions, but the national secretariat is alive, they moderate all our activities, “he said.


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