The former Chairman of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Otunba Segun Adewale (Aeroland) has said that the party has continued to fail in the State due to deliberate scheming by some of its leaders.
Adewale while speaking with newsmen in Lagos on Thursday, posited that there must be a paradigm shift if the party wants to make headway in 2019.
He congratulated the former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for winning the PDP’s Presidential ticket, and also lauded the emergence of Mr Jimi Agbaje as the governorship candidate in Lagos.
Adewale said one of the numerous challenges militating against PDP in Lagos is the wrong choice of leaders Chief Olabode George usually forced in as members of the State Excos. According to him, most of the chairmen being backed by Chief Bode George are usually not competent, lacks financial integrity, have never won their Pooling unit, and lacks political experience to drive the party to electoral victory in the State.
Adewale who accused the State Chairman, Dr Adegbola Dominic of contravening PDP constitution for not conducting primary elections for Assembly, House of Reps and Senate but engages in ticket sales to aspirants who are willing to pay as much as N500,000. He said he wont support any act capable of bringing the name of the party to disrepute in Lagos State.
Adewale said that the electoral and appeal committee sent from Abuja are not seen anywhere in Lagos to monitor the elections, calling on the National Chairman of the party, Chief Uche Secondus and other leaders to wade into Lagos matter urgently.
Adewale said that the Chairman who came to power in less 20 days, has perpetrated so much criminal activities and frauds capable of denting the image of the party, he stated further that the party is still owing over N24m for rent despite collecting donations running into millions of naira from all the Presidential Aspirants that have visited the party secretariat during campaign for Primary election.
He alleged further that despite raking in millions of Naira from both Agbaje and Doherty, the Dominic led excos are still owning N1.8m for the Yard 9 venue used for governorship primary election. Adewale accused the Chairman of incompetence and that his attitude is putting the party on a path of final destuction in Lagos State if care are not taken, noting that it is shameful that after collecting money from aspirants, he and his fellows are still fighting and struggling to get the names submitted in Abuja.
He stressed further that their focus is how to collect money meant for the development of the party and pocket them, he also alleged that, most of the delegates were shortchanged by the same people during the convention, calling on candidates not to entrust the Dominic led leadership with election money except that they want to have themselves to be blamed.
Adewale however called on the PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Jimi Agbaje to be cautious in dealing with the weak structure of Dr Adegbola Dominic in Lagos State because they have no electoral value order than to collect funds meant for electioneering campaign and run away with them.
He advised that both Atiku and Jimi Agbaje must secure the service of those with proven track records of delivering votes for the party and deal with them directly, and that a formidable structure must be set up with coordinators in each local government from wards to polling units level if at all they want to achieve mileage in their elections in 2019.______________________________________________
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