As the raging crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over its defeat at the just concluded general elections, the party’s National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo and another chieftain, Chief Bode George, have resorted to a verbal war.
While Bode George asked Oladipo to resign from his office because of the poor showing of the PDP in his Osun State and the failure of other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, to deliver their states or made serious impression, the former yesterday declared that he would remain in office.
Some PDP leaders in the South-West led by Chief Bode George last week specifically called on Oladipo to resign from the National Working Committee over the woeful performance of the party during the general elections.
According to the communiqué issued by the South-West PDP leaders, the resignation was to pave way for the dissolution of the National Working Committee as a fall out of the 2015 general elections.
Reacting to their demand, Prof. Oladipo said: “After a very careful examination of the inherent breaches in the procedures adopted in the convening of the meeting as well as the content and tone of its resolution shows an orchestration by a few individuals bent on sowing a seed of discord within the PDP fold in the zone.
“This is evident in the fact that the said communiqué in no way reflects the views of majority of those who attended the meeting, neither did it tally with the opinion of the generality of our party members in the region.
“It is indeed undermining and a clear breach of protocol the fact that a meeting of some leaders of the zone would be convened to discuss issues of the party’s presidential campaigns and the highest-ranking national officers of the party from the zone were excluded. This is in continuation of the apparent marginalisation of the NWC and the party structure at all levels in the handling of the Presidential campaigns.
“More so, even some of those who attended the meeting were not privy to the agenda and the eventual content of the communiqué issued at the end.
“In view of the above, therefore, it will be absolutely unpatriotic and against the wishes and aspirations of majority of our party members from the South-West through whose mandate we occupy the offices of the National Secretary and the National Auditor respectively, if we concede to the demands in the communiqué, especially given the fact that as elected members of NWC, our positions have a tenure which lasts until March 2016.
“Moreover, members of the PDP in Osun State, my primary constituency, have already passed a vote of confidence on me in my capacity as the National Secretary.
“Furthermore, while some of those asking us to resign performed very poorly even in their polling units, it is on record that the National Auditor and my humble self performed creditably and delivered our areas in the general elections.
“It is therefore disheartening that rather than joining other well-meaning members of our great party in supporting the National Working Committee in the ongoing re-engineering process to rebuild the PDP, some elders from our zone, particularly, a former Deputy National Chairman, Chief Olabode George, who should know, have instead resorted to divisive politics by attempting to instigate our members against one another.
What our party needs now in the South-West and indeed across the country is for all hands to be on the deck as we work harmoniously in our determination to reposition the PDP to regain power in 2019.”

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