- Lagos state PDP has endorsed Eddy Olafeso and his team for the forthcoming southwest congress
- Olafeso and his team sought the support of the Lagos chapter of the party to become victorious during the congress
- Adedeji Doherty, the Lagos chairman of PDP, assured Olafeso 90% of delegates from the state
The aspirations of the former national chairman (southwest) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eddy Olafeso, got a major boost on Thursday, September 10, when he and his team were endorsed by the Lagos chapter of the party ahead of the regional congress.
Legit.ng reports that Olafeso, the immediate past regional secretary, Bunmi Jenyo, and other members of the exco were in Lagos to solicit delegate votes for the forthcoming congress.
The former governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, who was scheduled to be at the meeting was unavoidably absent but dignitaries from across the region who were in attendance, included Dr. Bimbo Ogunkelu, Sunday Adekunle, secretary of the Ogun state chapter of the party, and other chieftains from Osun, Ogun and Ekiti states.
The chairman of the party in Lagos, Adedeji Doherty, while confirming the decision of 90% of the state delegates to vote for Olafeso and his team, stressed that the decision was taken based on the track record of the leaders.
He maintained that PDP had always followed democratic norms, pointing out that as delegates to the congress, only Olafeso and his team sought their support.
Doherty noted that considering the contributions of Olafeso and his team in their first two years in an office where they liberated Lagos from what he called slavery, they deserved the endorsement.
He said: “Olafeso and his team helped to unite the party in the region that is why you can see 90% of the delegates seated here. We had successful primary elections on Saturday for Lagos East senatorial zone and Kosofe constituency 2 by-elections, which were rancour-free. These are some of our achievements in seven months."
Doherty, while regretting that the Lagos chapter had been relegated to the background in the area of representation at regional and national levels, placed demands on the aspirants.
“We don’t have more than one substantive position at the zonal level. We are going to give our votes but our representation in the southwest zone must increase.
"We must have a member of the chapter at the National Working Committee (NWC). We requested a member at the Board of Trustees (BoT) which has gone through first approval and final approval will come when Eddy Olafeso becomes the chairman,” he said.
Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Olafeso, while stating his reason for contesting, said that he was concerned about uniting the party in the region, stressing that even though Oyo state was achieved; he had an unfinished project of strengthening the party and winning more states for the party in the region.
He said: “We are committed to serving with humility and ensuring that our people get whatever they are seeking from the party, not only at the zonal level but across the country."
On the challenge of having a robust opposition, Olafeso said, “It is a problem which is peculiar to developing countries. We are gagged, and we don’t have enough finance to do the things that we would want to do, coupled with the role of the ruling party in dividing the ranks of the opposition party.
“We will try hard to ensure that we deliver the dividend of democracy to Nigerians. As you can see the country is ungovernable, we have issues of insecurity, economic depression, unemployment, and suddenly they have removed subsidies and our people are languishing in poverty.
"The seventh largest member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is still going through price irregularity and our people are suffering so much. Our duty is to bring programmes that will make our people live a better life. We are committed to the people of Nigeria,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Fayose warned the Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, against tampering with the leadership structure in Ekiti.
It was reported that Fayose said he was ready to fight anyone who wanted to take over the structure of the party in the state from him.
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