Tuesday, August 8, 2017 9:19 pm
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South-West Zonal Executive faction has called on all members to unite following the Supreme Court verdict affirming the leadership of the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Commi!ttee.
Rising from an emergency meeting in Lagos on Tuesday, the faction said it was through unity that the party could do well in future elections.
The chairman of the factional executive, Chief Makanjuola Qgundipe, who read the communiqué, said continued internal wrangling after the court verdict was not good for the party.
He alleged that some prominent party members were latching on the Supreme Court verdict to cause further division in the party.
Ogundipe emphasised that the verdict was not victory for any group but for all members, appealing that the verdict should not be used to seek selfish advantages.
He said the verdict did not sack the leadership in the zone and other people parading themselves as members of the zonal executive were impostors.
“We congratulate the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party under the leadership of Senator Ahmed Makarfi on the resolution of the national leadership tussle.
‘We note that the judgment of the apex court is not a victory for anyone but our great party and democracy.
“We commend Senator Makarfi for the maturity and candour displayed so far in the handling of party matters since the July 12 verdict.
“We note that the Chairman has said no member of the party would be victimised or punished for supporting anyone.
“We however observed with great concern the activities of some impostors and errand boys parading themselves as members of South -West zonal exco.
“These people are products of a contraption as their leadership has already been nullified by the Federal High Court, Lagos in suit no. FHC/L/CS/605/2016.” he said.
Ogundipe said he remained the validly elected chairman of the party in the zone, adding that the tenure of the executive he led would expire on Oct. 11 2018 according to the congress that produced it in Oyo state in 2014.
He alleged that Gov. Ayodele Fayose and some other governors in the PDP were still fanning the embers of discord after the Supreme Court verdict.
Ogundipe urged the national leadership of the party not to allow anyone to filter away the gains recorded by the party since the Supreme Court verdict.
He appealed to the national leadership to set up a special committee to continue to mobilise people into the party.
The factional chairman said the zone under his leadership would continue to mobilise people into the party and step up efforts to win back members who had left.
Also speaking at the meeting, another PDP chieftain, Prof. Wale Oladipo said the party was better together than factionalised.
He urged members to see themselves as one and cautioned those who were bent on dividing the party with their activities against the act.
Oladipo said PDP was the only truly democratic party which had truly delivered democratic dividends to Nigerians.
“PDP has stabilised democracy. We did a lot for the economy while in power and we delivered great democratic dividends.
“We made INEC truly independent and reliquished power peacefully when we lost.
“PDP is the only party that means well for the people and by the grace of God, we will win more states in the south west in 2019,” he said.
Oladipo commended Makarfi for the gentlemanly manner in which he had piloted the affairs of the party.
He also commended Sen.Ali-Modu Sheriff for doing a great job before his removal as Chairman.
Oladipo urged members to put the past behind them and work to reposition the party for greatness.
NAN reports that Sen. Buruji Kashamu; former governorship candidate in Lagos, Mr Wahab Dosunmu, and a factional chairman of the party in Lagos, Mr Segun Adewale, were among those at the meeting.
A former deputy governor in Ekiti, Mr Abiodun Aluko, was also one of the prominent members at the meeting.