The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Otunba Segun Adewale has said that, the South West Chairman, Dr. Eddy Olafeso does not have the power to unilaterally interfere in the ongoing crisis because he won’t be fair in his judgement and has not been delegated by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to do so.
Adewale accused him of belonging to the Bode George’s cartel that has been using Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to milk unsuspecting aspirants in the region.
According to Adewale, Adegbola Dominic whose tenure has expired since December 21, 2018, was installed unconstitutionally by an act of fiat by Bode George through the help of Dr. Eddy Olafeso.
“Dr Adegbola Dominic was smuggled in as the Acting State Chairman of PDP Lagos State Chapter by Chief Olabode George and Dr Eddy Olafeso. As an organized party, PDP has a constitution that dictates the happenings and how the party should be administered, the party is not one man property that all members will be subjected through impunity always.
“Section 45 and 47 of Peoples Democratic Party’s Constitution 2017 laid down the procedure to fill vacant position at all levels, for the purpose of clarity, S.47 (6) has it that “Where a vacancy occurs in any of the offices of the party, the Executive Committee at the appropriate level shall appoint another person from the area or Zone where the officer originated from to serve out the tenure of the officer.
“In the case of Lagos State, Dr Eddy Olafeso and Chief Olabode George, without the knowledge of other Lagos State Executive or taking cognisance of the fact that I stepped aside and that my tenure had not expired, illegally appointed and imposed Dr Adegbola Dominic on the entire Lagos State in a bid to accomplish their mission by making our party, PDP, to lose elections in Lagos State.
“Immediately Dr Adegbola Dominic was illegally installed as the Acting State Chairman, he began to substitute the names of already submitted candidates of the party, he went further by polarizing the party with factions with more than three sets of excos in each local government and wards.
“Their nefarious scheme made us record the unprecedented pre-election matters in courts, as those whose names were illegally removed began to file cases in court to reclaim their mandates while those who could not afford legal battle were forced out of the party.
“Dominic, Dr Eddy Olafeso and Chief Bode George are the cartel that did anti-party activities against our Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Lagos Governorship candidate in the last elections as I had earlier explained.
“They want to still take a hold of the party in order to continue their shady political enterprise in the South West, particularly in Lagos.
“Bode George and his cartel need to tell the whole world their contributions to the development of the PDP in Lagos and other South West States, other than hunting for monies that will come out from candidates and the party, if God is alive I will put a stop to this nonsense.
“I want our teeming members and supporters in Lagos and across Nigeria to note that this is a fight to liberate Lagos PDP from the rent seekers who don’t want the party to record any winning because the failure of the party in every four years is a huge financial gain to them.
“I reaffirm again that I remain the State Chairman of our great party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, calling on all members and supporters to dismiss the watery release from Eddy Olafeso who would soon be shown the way out as the South West Chairman.