By Dapo Akinrefon
Lagos—THE Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said yesterday that disciplinary actionshas been initiated against those involved in the purported removal of its chairman, Mr Tunji Shelle.
A group that called itself the Executive Committee of the Lagos PDP, on Monday announced the removal of Shelle as the party’s state chairman.
The group also announced the appointment of Mr Owolabi Olounje as Acting Chairman, saying their decision was reached after a disciplinary committee was set up to investigate some allegations levelled against Shelle.
Addressing newsmen after an emergency meeting of the party’s state executives, the party leader, Shelle said necessary disciplinary action will be taken against those involved.
He said “we have reported the matter to our NEC for advise in accordance with the provisions of the PDP constitution. They went too far. They even went as far as storming the party’s state headquarters and dragging away secretariat staff from their offices. They are out to sabotage the efforts of the party. “Their plans were muted long before the Lagos PDP party primaries.”
Speaking further Shelle said “we tried to accommodate their excesses so that their actions will not affect us during the elections. They tried to divide the party along personality lines but they failed. They will be sent back to their sponsors.”
Throwing light on the emergence of the party’s governorship candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, he said that the emergence of the party’s flag bearer was never well received by the group involved in the alleged removal.
According to him, “they were disappointed and have not stopped looking for ways to fight back. We have no regrets to have presented Agbaje and given another opportunity, I will do the same. We gave APC a good fight yet these group did not relent. They want to hijack the party structure.”
Besides, he said “the election result in the 2015 election in Lagos was the best from PDP in the last 16 years in the state.”
Making clarifications on the allegations bothering on campaign funds, the party chieftain said that candidates of the party in the elections were mobilised directly and not through him.
While he dismissed insinuations of his plans to contest in the party’s state elective convention billed for 2016, Shelle said “I promise to remain focused and hold the party together until next year when a new exco will emerge.”