Segun Adewale, Lagos State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged a faction of the party, led by Moshood Salvador, to team up with his group ahead of the Ifako-Ijaiye federal constituency bye-election. In his statement, Adewale said only a common primaries that will produce a candidate acceptable to all irrespective of factions can guarantee victory for the party in the forthcoming poll. He, however, said Salvador-led faction has continued to reject his peace move for the purpose of the election.
“I am concerned because I do not what happened in Edo, or currently happening in Ondo State, where our party has two candidates from two factions for the same election replicate itself in Lagos.
“I am also concerned because we owe the good people of Ifako Ijaye Federal Constituency quality representation at the National Assembly as enshrined in our party manifesto. We can’t sacrifice our goodwill we enjoy in Ifako-Ijaiye on the altar of internal party squabbles, which can be resolved amicably,” the statement said.
Adewale added that his “effort at getting the Salvador-led faction agree to a single primary election in which all aspirants participate in a free and fair atmosphere was turned down”.
“Rather than accept the olive branch extended by us, they have gone ahead to sell nomination forms to members of their group,” the statement added.
Adewale said his group is the legally-recognised one having joined as an interested party in a suit filed by Biyi Poroye, Ondo PDP chairman, before Justice Okon Abang and the subsequent ruling, which conferred legitimacy on him. Poroye, like Adewale, belongs to the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the PDP.
“With this judgement still in place, anyone acting outside my State-led executive committee obviously contravenes the order of a court of competent jurisdiction, hence, does so illegally”, he said.