•I can’t be in same party with George – Salvador
•It’s unfortunate Chairman quit – Party’s national leadership
•We’re better-off without him – State chapter
By Dapo Akinrefon
WITH the 2019 general elections around the corner, things are no longer at ease in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State.
This party is enmeshed in crisis.
This time, the state Chairman of the party, Mr. Moshood Salvador, has parted ways with his boss, Chief Olabode Ibiyinka George.
Salvador said it was as a result of irreconcilable differences that he dumped the PDP.
For some time now, a cold war had brewed between Salvador and George over the affairs of the party in Lagos, especially on the composition of the State Working Committee, SWC.
Salvador also expressed displeasure that his efforts were being rubbished by some people in the party apparently referring to Bode George.
Also recall that that the former PDP Chairman, alongside 10 other party members, was recently arrested and arraigned by the police on two charges of conspiracy and unlawful killing of the Apapa Local Government Chairman of the party, Prince Adeniyi Aborishade.
Aborishade was murdered on Saturday, July 21, during the PDP’s visitation meeting held at Igbosuku in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of the state.
Salvador exited the party last week for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Blaming George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, for being responsible for his exit, the erstwhile Lagos chapter Chair accused his former boss of being on a mission to destabilize the PDP in the state. His words: “When you have people or leadership that cannot give you encouragement to carry out your vision, you take it to another place where it will be appreciated.
“I am not happy that I am abandoning what I laboured for, but I have to move on with my supporters because I cannot continue to labour in vain.
“Today, the Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees called me on the defection and I told him to allow me to consult with my people before feedback.
“The PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, also called me for the first time since my travails started. He never called since I was put in jail on a cooked-up murder charge; he called me today to ask why I want to defect.
“And I told him it is not possible for me to be in the same party with Bode George because he undermined all my efforts to reposition the party.
“He was doing all these things and the national leadership was allowing him, saying he is an elder. Bode George also cooked-up things to put me in jail in the murder case of the late Aborishade.
“Enough is enough. I am leaving the party with my supporters and I am taking them to APC where they would be recognised and appreciated.”
He’s an infra dig—Bode George
Reacting to Salvador’s comments, George lampooned the former PDP Chairman, saying he should bury his head in shame.
George said: “He is an infra dig. He said he cannot be in the same party as me. How can I be in the same party with him? We are not in the same class. If he has any modicum of respect or any modicum of civility, he should bury his head in shame. When he came into the party, he was looking like a frightened jelly in the pond. The comment he made shows he is an infra dig, the statement he made is insulting, it shows he has no civility and no respect, he is culturally insane. Who brought him to the party? Since we started this party, how many party chairmen go about with thugs or guns? He should go and bury his head in the toilet, he is a shameless fellow.”
Refuting claims by Salvador that he instigated the crisis in Lagos PDP, George said: “I believe that there must be something wrong with Salvador’s mindset. Is there any crisis? The leaders from Eti Osa, Mrs. Bucknor Akerele, and Capt. Tunji Shelle (retd), were not even aware of the rally he held. So, who is stoking the fire? Who created the crisis in the first place? The leaders are to manage their affairs but he went ahead picking his own loyalists. So, why is he now trying to turn logic upside down? Why did he not invite the police to the rally? The crisis is in his mindset.
“So, there is no crisis but the greed and thoughtlessness in man that is at full play and if there is any indiscipline in the party, it will be nipped in the bud.
“To link that up with whether he wants to sink the party to go to the APC, he knows what he is doing. Nobody is stopping him from going to the APC where he must have been assured cover”.
It’s unfortunate he left—PDP
Reacting to the defection, the PDP National Vice Chairman, South West, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, described the move as “rather unfortunate.”
Olafeso said: “I will not say it is a welcome development. It would have been a lot more bearable if Salvador left and there was no death recorded among us. The party will ensure that we do everything possible to bring our people together.”
Also reacting, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said: “It is very unfortunate to lose someone like that. We are not shying away from the fact that we have minor issues in Lagos PDP but now that he has left the party, we urge the other faction, to reconcile and bounce back in Lagos State”.
We’re better without Salvador – Lagos PDP
However, the Lagos PDP disagreed with the national leadership of the party over Salvador’s defection.
The state chapter said it was better-off without him.
The party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taofik Gani, said: “Salvador is economical with the truth as Chief Bode George is rather his benefactor who once ‘made’ him a senatorial candidate and now state chairman. The problem with Salvador is that he is not a team player and too ambitious, interested in all opportunities. He will very soon show the APC he belongs to.
“We will not be demoralised by his defection. He has never been a winner for the party. We are likely to feel concerned if some names touted go with him but for Salvador, he is just a loudspeaker politician.”