PDP Oke-Ogun Agenda, a faction within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Oke-Ogun, has come out to criticize the attempt of cabals in the Makinde Government, who trying to influence the Governor into picking some selected aspirants for the approaching local government election in the State.
They relayed their dissatisfaction over the plan of the party hierarchies, aimed at the selection of party candidates for chairmanship and councilorship for the May 15 local government election, saying, such action would deprive core party members of their rights and also cause a problem within the party.
In a statement released, signed, and made by Mr Adetunji Raji, the group coordinator from Saki East Local Government, it stated that jeopardising the political opportunities of some party members by not providing equal chances in the interest of none party members was an avenue to betray the party.
The statement read: “Though it still a rumour, we know some cabals in governor Seyi Makinde’s administration can go to any length to sell the interest of PDP members in as much such action if done will pave way for them with our governor.”
“Our group, PDP Oke-Ogun Agenda, was disappointed when we heard that, Governor Makinde is weighing an option of ceding some local government chairmanship and councilorship positions for ADC and ZLP.”
“We are imploring our governor not to allow some of his loyalists in government to tell him to do what the party members didn’t want. Going by way of neglecting party primaries and selecting candidates for the primary election is totally against the party constitution and members wish.”
“Conceding the right of party members to those that deserted the party when the going was tough towards the 2019 election is a sign that, our party doesn’t value loyalty.”
“We will like to remind those who are concern that, according to PDP constitution, there is the only consensus when all groups, individuals that obtained the nomination for agreed for a single candidate before the primary election.” “Our party constitution never stipulated imposition or selection of a candidate, according to Chapter 8, section 2e and 3 as amended.”
“Notwithstanding, the provisions of Chapter IV of this Constitution, the National Executive Committees shall regulate the procedure for selecting the Party’s candidates for elective offices in the following manner prescribed below. “(e)In the conduct of primaries for the Party’s candidate for member of Local Government Council Chairman and House of Assembly, the primaries shall be held at the Local Government Constituency headquarters.”
“(3) Congress for the election of Ward Officers, Councillorship candidates and the 3 delegates to Local Government Congress and State Congress, out of which at least one (1) shall be a woman, shall be by direct primaries in which all card-carrying members of the Party at Ward level shall participate.”
“Our questions are: “If our leaders decided to chose a candidate, what will be the fate of other aspirants who had either obtained form through loans which entail interest, are they going to collect repayment with interest.”
“Why is it now that after all the aspirants had gone through many processes even screening, our leaders are now thinking of selection of candidates.”
“Do they know that, if only the party want to produce a consensus, an agreement might have reached between groups, individuals and leaders before obtaining nomination form?”
“Will also like to ask those pinching governor Makinde to allow the party to go for selection if have a tangible reason for their submission.” “Our conclusion, it is the right time our party chairman woke up to his responsibility because many of what is happening how are against the party constitution.”
“As it is saddened that our party chairman Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha, is not guiding by the party constitution but directives from the statehouse and cabals, it is necessary for our party leaders in the state to notice all these abnormalities happening in our state party as disastrous as urgent attention is needed help Alhaji our state party chairman from being a figurehead chairman.”
“We are calling the National Working Committee and Sen. Bukola Saraki led reconciliation committee to rescue the party from the hands of individual and cabals who doesn’t have a copy of the constitution but seeing themselves as party leaders in Oyo State.”