Leaders and elected delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ijebu North East Local Government Area of Ogun State have taken a position on the crisis rocking the main oppostion party in the state.
In a communique after their meeting on Friday, the leaders passed a vote of confidence on PDP’s governorship candidate Jimi Lawal who was elected via a court-ordered rescheduled primary.
The leaders also endorsed the leadership of the party at the council level following disputations over expulsions at the state level.
Here is the full report of the communique:
We, the duly elected PDP delegates in Ijebu North-East Local Government and our party leaders, met today, November 4th, 2022, to look into the issues affecting our party presently.
(1) We diligently looked into the ongoing crisis in Ogun PDP with a reservation, especially the purported suspension and expulsion of our esteemed leaders: the Ogun State PDP legally elected gubernatorial candidate, Otunba Jimi Adebisi Lawal, our local government party Chairman, Aremo Tope Ashiru, two of our State Executives: Alhaja Adenike Asorona and Alhaja Oriyomi Akibu for standing for truth and complying with the judgement of a competent Court of Law.
(2) It is on record that we emerged as the elected delegates from the PDP ad-hoc ward Congresses, lawfully conducted on Saturday April 30th, 2022 as was monitored, observed and signed by INEC, Police, SSS and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). But, we were denied exercising our voting rights.
(3)This act of using the unelected but hand-picked cronies to illegally perform our function led us to seek a redress in the law court. It is therefore not surprising that these irregular primaries were nullified by Hon. Justice O. O. Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court 1, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
(4)We noted with a shock that instead of repentance of their illegality, these lawless fellows keep harassing and intimidating those who stood by rules of law: they announced the suspension of the of the legally elected governorship candidate, Otunba Jimi Lawal for standing for the re-run primary in obedience to court judgement, the same day he was elected. A stance that is strange to PDP and Nigerian constitution. They continue to bind and loose with suspension and expulsion like toddlers playing with toys.
(5)Hence, we the PDP duly elected delegates and our esteemed leaders in Ijebu North-East Local Government hereby resolved and pass a vote of confidence on and reaffirm our unalloyed support for the candidature of Otunba Jimi Adebisi Lawal for governor. Just as we pass a vote of confidence on our party Chairman, Aremo Tope Ashiru and two of our State Executives: Alhaja Adenike Asorona and Alhaja Oriyomi Akibu.
The local government leaders who were at the meeting are as follows:
(1) Chief Gbolade Osunkoya
Former Senior Special Adviser
(2)Chief Wole Otenaike, Former Party Chairman, Ijebu North East and C of C Ogun State.
(3)Hon. Tola Timehin – former Party Chairman
(4)Chief S. A. Adebambo
(5)Chief Segun Ogunbanjo Former Monitoring Officer and State Exco
(6)Aremo Tope Ashiru Party Chairman and C of C, Ogun State
(7)Yeye Adenike Asorona Senatorial Woman Leader,Ogun East
(8)Yeye Oriyomi Akibu, Asst State Treasurer
(9)Hon. S. O. Oguntuga, Former Councillor, Ward 3
(10)Chief Tunde Oresanya, Former Special Adviser to the Local Government Chairman
(11)Engr. Bayo Awosanya
(12)Chief Segun Ayanyelu
(13)Mrs. Abolaji Adesanya
(14)Prince Lukman Alatishe, Two-term Secretary, Special Adviser to the Chairman
(15) Mr. Sunday Adewale, Former State Officer
(16) Hon. Bamidele Marcus
(17) Mr. Adewale Alese, P.R.O of the Local Government
(18) Mr. Idris Wasiu