The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said Bode Geroge, a chieftain of the party, had erroneously misinterpreted the actions of the National Working Committee with respect to the election of the Lagos State executive committee of the party.
The PDP said this in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, on Monday in response to George’s criticism of Uche Secondus, the party’s National Chairman.
George, a former national deputy chairman (South-West) of the PDP, had in a statement alleged that Secondus will lead the party into “a comatose” if he continues to govern without recourse to the party’s constitution.
The Lagos politician claimed that the PDP National Chairman was responsible for the crisis in the Lagos State chapter of the party producing two state chairmen, Messrs Adegbola Dominic and Adedeji Doherty, despite an order of the court restraining the conduct of any election in the interim.
But the PDP said its former South-West leader had mixed up issues, insisting that it followed due process in the conduct of the elections.
It noted that the decision to conduct a fresh election was taken in order to reposition the Lagos PDP for future challenges against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
The statement read: “Perusing the said publication, it is easily decipherable by all informed members and critical stakeholders that Chief George mixed up issues.
“We believe he did this inadvertently, and unfortunately came to an erroneous conclusion, probably because he does not have the correct facts on the matter at hand.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the NWC wishes to state that the process that produced the elected Adedeji Doherty-led Lagos State Executive Committee followed all due process as stipulated by the PDP Constitution, the Party Guidelines, the Electoral Act; and without any whimsical interference by the national leadership.
“All actions taken by our members in Lagos in filling vacancies left either by resignations, defections and or death of occupants of those offices followed due process.
“It was a collective decision of the majority of our members in the state taken in a determination to reposition our party for the challenges ahead; a development which ought to be commended by well-meaning leaders and members of our party.”
The PDP urged all its members in the state, especially those with influence in its national leadership, to unite rather than polarise the party to ensure that it translates its numerical strength in the state into success in upcoming elections.
“The PDP, therefore, calls on all critical stakeholders and teeming members in Lagos state to close ranks, put aside all personal and parochial interests and work with the newly elected leadership to strengthen our party and provide Lagosians that credible platform to rescue their state from the strangulating and exploitative regime of the All Progressives Congress (APC),” the statement read.