Why Atiku, Agbaje may lose in Lagos - Former minister Adeseye Ogunlewe

Why Atiku, Agbaje may lose in Lagos - Former minister Adeseye Ogunlewe

- A former minister of works has warned that lack of structure may make PDP lose Lagos in the February election

- Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe noted that the disharmony from the PDP's primaries may mar the opposition party's chance

- In a counter reaction, Lagos Legacy Group for Atiku refuted Ogunlewe's claims, adding that the party remained indivisible despite challenges

A top member of Peoples Democratic Party, who is also a former minister of work, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, has warned that lack of structure, among others, may contribute to the defeat of the party in the coming general elections.

Ogunwole, who raised the alarm when he was reacting to questions bordering on the preparation of his party for the February election, disclosed that PDP is lagging behind in its campaign in Lagos state, Daily Trust reports.

He expressed disappointment over the inability of the party to solidify its structure, which he claimed had given the All Progressives Congress (APC) an upper edge.

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Ogunlewe said: “To all members of Global Mandate, we have a big problem in PDP Lagos state. There are three campaign teams; we have 207, We have 112, we have the party secretariat. What do you suggest we must do? The main objective is to win the elections. Without coordination, we may labour in vain."

The former minister also lamented that there were just three campaign structures in the state including the presidential campaign for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, that of the party’s governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, as well as the party’s campaign team.

He noted that the current crisis arising from the outcome of the PDP's primaries across states, as well as the presidential primary in Port Harcourt, have left the party disunited as members are still aggrieved. He, however, called on members of the party to bury hatchets and work towards the victory of the party.

Ogunlewe said: “We can win this election but there must be unity. I am an elderly man, I have been a Minister, I have been a senator, I am not contesting any election. If I see something that is going wrong and I didn’t speak out, I would be a fool. We need to harmonize the campaign structure. I am appealing to the leadership to work together."

But in a counter-argument, the chairman of Lagos Legacy Group for Atiku, Dayo Williams, refuted Ogunlewe's claims, adding that the party remained an indivisible unit despite challenges.

In a statement, he said: “Let it be known that there is no divided house in Lagos PDP. Any attempt to input a sense of disharmony in our party is untrue, false without foundation. Senator Ogunlewe’s alarm is without concrete evidence, devoid of logic, virtually without a modicum of goodwill."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that with few days to the 2019 general elections in the country, the APC gubernatorial candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had berated his close challenger, the PDP's Jimi Agbaje.

Responding to questions during an interview on a radio show on Tuesday, January 29, in Lagos, the APC candidate dragged Agbaje's political competence to question, adding that the PDP candidate lacked will to drive Lagos to its dreamland.

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