A chieftain of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos, Mr. Segun Adewale (Aeroland) has declared that he remains the substantive chairman of the party in the state.
Aeroland recently pumped a fist against the current occupier of the chairmanship position of the party Dr. Adegbola Domnic.
He said Dominic’s continuous occupation of the sit was against the law, as such, it has become illegal to continue to do so.
The businessman and politician while recently decrying the dwindling fate of the Umbrella party in Lagos, especially in the just concluded gubernatorial election in the state, pointed out categorically that Domnic allegedly worked with subterfuge for the defeat of PDP in the state.
While speaking at an elders meeting summoned at the instance of Chief Bode George, Adewale alleged that Domnic with the connivance of some party leadership compromised PDP’s victory by collecting an undisclosed sum of money from another gubernatorial candidate in the Lagos race.
According to him, PDP’s governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje who has was alleged to have selfishly cornered campaign funds from Abuja, which he has not been able to account for, was pointed to have worked for the emergence of Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the APC.
Aeroland pointed that this has been the bane of PDP in Lagos, since the return of democracy in 1999.
He alleged that party stalwarts like Olubode George have always sabotaged the party’s chances at the polls by working with Bola Tinubu, to deliver victory to his party.
On Tuesday, March 12, in commando style, Aeroland flanked by his cronies invaded the Ikeja Secretariat of the party, and locked down the space, and declared himself as ‘now in charge’ of party affairs in Lagos.
According to Adewale, the November 2017, process that elected Mr. Moshood Salvador (who has now defected to APC) and other state exco’s was a unilateral decision of one party leader, but was permitted in the interest of fostering intra-party peace.
After Salvador’s defection to the ruling APC, it was imperative to constitute an interim leadership to harmonize the party ahead of elections, this ushered in the Dr. Domnic-led exco, with a 90 days tenure expiration, which according to the books elapsed December 21.
Adewale maintained that the letter confirming him as chairman of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Lagos Chapter stated that his tenure would run until June 2021. Thus, he stepped aside in a bid to stem the prolonged feud in the state.
“The letter confirming my chairmanship states my tenure expires in 2021 June. The letter didn’t state I should step aside.
I stepped aside voluntarily to stem the prolong crises in Lagos PDP. What I did was to allow peace to reign for the national leadership to allow full reconciliation.
“So, I decided to step aside. They then brought in Moshood Salvador. Salvador later left for APC. So, they said they needed somebody to fill the gap because of election. That was why they brought in Dr. Dominic and they gave him 90 days to act. His 90 days tenure has since expired and currently, we don’t have a chairman in that secretariat. That was the reason why I went there, chased them out. Right now, I am the state chairman of the party based on the letter I have, based on the election that was held before they asked me to step aside.”
According to Adewale, it has become imperative for him to act in the chairmanship capacity, thereby sacking Dr. Domnic whose administration had been marred by several misconduct that has threatened the progress of the party of on fronts.
Dominic’s regime was perceived to have recklessly changed all the authentic chairmen, from the ward to the LG within 2 months to the election , thereby creating factional chairmen at the ward to LG level.
This act Adewale maintained received the blessings of Chief Bode George whom he alleged prefers to stir up crises every four years in the party few months to the election.
In just 24 hours to the governorship election in Lagos, Dominic was also alleged to have changed list of party agents, a move found to be suspicious and in favor of the other party he worked for at the polls.
Dominic was also alleged to have set up a parallel Atiku campaign organization; this was against the template set up at the national level, of which he was the vice chairman.
Adewale has posited that a general assembly would soon be converged where Dr. Dominic and his cohorts would be expelled from the People’s Democratic Party for working against the presidential and Gubernatorial ambitions of Alhaji Abubakar Atiku and Mr. Jimi Agbaje respectively.
APC Adopts Gbajabiamila As Speaker, Zones Deputy To North Central
The leadership of All Progressives Congress has adopted Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the Ninth Assembly.
The agreement was reached after extensive deliberation at a dinner held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday night.
The position of the Deputy Speaker was zoned to the North Central.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed the development.
Issa-Onilu said the agreement was reached at the dinner between President Muhammadu Buhari and the House members-elect.
The statement said: “The APC has adopted Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as its candidate for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th Assembly.
“This position was reached after an intensive deliberation with the APC’s House of Representatives members-elect at a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Banquet Hall of Aso Villa.
“The Deputy Speaker position has been zoned to the North Central.”
Ex-Governors Mount Pressure On Danjuma Goje To Accept Buhari’s Candidate, Lawan, For Senate President
Some former governors are mounting pressure on their former colleague, Senator Danjuma Goje, to accept President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice of Ahmad Lawan for Senate president, The Nation reports.
The President is believed to have met Goje on the matter.
According to reports, Lawan, who is the Senate Leader, is forging ahead. He met yesterday with some senators-elect and pleaded with them to give him a chance.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) former governors, including some of them who are senators, have opted to back Buhari’s decision on Lawan.
Some of the former governors include Ahmed Sani Yerima, Adamu Aliero, Abdullahi Adamu, Aliyu Wammako, George Akume, Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Kabiru Gaya and Godswill Akpabio.
It was gathered that the ex-governors appreciated the “cautious approach adopted by Goje to his aspiration without ruffling feathers but they felt he should defer to the President”.
The ex-governors have sent a delegation to Goje to reconsider his position.
Although two of them were with Goje on Saturday for what was termed “ a social gathering”, it was unclear whether they were the ones who spoke on behalf of their colleagues.
A former governor, who pleaded not to be named, said: “It is true we are trying to avoid cracks in APC over the Ninth Senate President and some of us have met on the President’s choice and how to prevail on Goje to sacrifice his aspiration.
“I can tell you that some of us have opened talks with him. We are talking to him; we are mounting pressure. We also decided to send a delegation to him.
“As a matter of right, Goje is qualified to lead the Senate but we do not really want him to disagree with the President. And he is not a leader who believes in confrontation.”
Responding to a question, the source added: “Our intervention is just a follow-up to the audience between the President and Goje.”
“The former governor of Gombe State is yet to make any categorical statement on his ambition.”
Goje, it was learnt, told Buhari, who persuaded him to support Lawan, that he would “get back to him”.
“Goje has not returned to the President on what he intends to do,” a source in the Presidency said.
The Lawan Group is, however, waiting for Goje’s response before arranging a meeting between the two leaders.
Another source said: “Since a presidential intervention is already involved, we have deliberately asked Lawan to leave the initiative to President Buhari. The truth is that the President’s meeting with Goje underscored the enormous respect he has for the ex-governor.
“Lawan is ready to meet with Goje but after the elders and the ex-governors have brokered a deal.”
Lawan and members of his campaign team last night met with some senators-elect in Abuja on his aspiration.
The senators-elect are in the second batch of those to benefit from the induction course which was packaged by the National Assembly management.
A source at the session quoted Lawan as saying: “Give me a chance, I will provide quality leadership, I will carry every Senator along in whatever I do.”
A Senator-elect said: “The campaign team of the Senate Leader reached out to some of us across party lines. I am new, but I am impressed by his experience on legislative business. Let us see how it goes.”
Ifeanyi Ubah Dumps YPP For APC
Ifeanyi Ubah, Anambra South Senator-elect, of the Young Peoples Party (YPP) has dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ubah’s defection was made known by the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Monday.
Oshiohmole informed the APC National Working Committee members, returning/newly-elected senators at the Presidential Villa, on Monday, that Ubah was now with the ruling party, NAN reports.
Describing Ubah as a ‘smart politician Oshiomhole in his opening remark, said the “YPP Senator-elect from Anambra South has decided to pitch tent with the ruling party because he felt more comfortable with the winning team.”
He, however, added that other issues related to Ubah’s defection would be perfected on a later date.