- Lagos PDP has revealed why the southwest zonal congress must hold as scheduled
- The party said that some members are using illegal means to truncate the congress
- Muyideen Tejumade, the state party's legal adviser, however, urged the NWC not to shift ground on the zonal congress
The Lagos state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party not to allow the pressure from some 'unscrupulous elements' of the party to shift the zonal congress slated for Saturday, March 6.
Legit.ng reports that while speaking with the media at the party's secretariat, Lagos on Friday, February 26, the party's state legal adviser, Muyideen Tejumade, said there is a sinister move by some members of the NWC to destabilise the PDP in the southwest.
The party noted that a certain member of the party who had benefitted a lot from the party is threatening to work against the reelection of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state in 2023, adding that he had boldly said that he worked against a former governor of Ekiti state, Segun Oni.
Tejumade said that Governor Makinde and Oni are symbols of the party in the southwest, adding that anybody who is planning to work or had worked against them is working against the success of the party in the southwest.
He noted that the crisis between the former chairman of the party, Ahmed Makarfi and the former governor of Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff that almost consumed the party was initiated by the person in question.
The statement said:
''The National Working Committee of PDP must not forget the causation and the grave consequences of Sen. Ali-Modu Sheriff and Sen. Makarfi brouhaha that almost consumed our party. Of course, the trouble was initiated and orchestrated by this same fellow but when the flame was burning like wildfire, he was nowhere to be found but for the grace of God, we survived it.
"Southwest zone is crucial to our election outings in 2023. Our actions and inactions now will position us rightly or wrongly against future elections. We, the State Executive Committee of our party in Lagos state stand by Governor Seyi Makinde held and maintain that the zoning arrangement for the positions of the southwest zonal executives as agreed by His Excellency, Seyi Makinde and our leaders is extant."
The party, therefore, called on the NWC to stand firm against the few 'impostors' who, according to it, have decided to use the judiciary to draw the party backward.
Tejumade also stressed that they are ready to have a congress that would produce zonal executives that would be acceptable to the majority of the members of the PDP in the southwest.
In his comments, the national ex-officio Lagos PDP, David Kolawole, said that the party leaders in the southwest are trying to bring a new culture to the party, adding that there should be no room for judicial or political malfeasance in the party.
"The new culture is very important because people are suffering. We are people among us and we are trying to flush them out. We want the NWC to follow what the constitution of our party says. The NWC has the sole responsibility to choose the date for congress and venue and that has been done and it must stick to it."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Makinde reacted to the antics of the PDP national legal adviser.
It was reported that while briefing newsmen at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, Makinde claimed that the legal adviser was deliberately truncating the peace of the party.
The governor advised the party's NWC to call the official to order to ensure rancour-free zonal congresses.
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