The ongoing crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party took another dimension during the weekend as the party’s National Secretary, Adewale Oladipo, publicly attacked the South-West leaders of the PDP for trying to tear the party apart.
The PDP secretary was reacting to a recent call by the South-West leaders on the members of the PDP National Working Committee to resign their positions.
Oladapo described the call as unfortunate, saying that the southwest leaders had lost focus.
The leaders had in a statement after their meeting in Ado Ekiti, insisted that the NWC members, including the National Chairman of the PDP, should resign over the party’s fallout in the just concluded general elections.
A former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Bode George, who read the statement, noted that some members need to exit so the party could rebuild its broken walls.
Reacting to George’s submission, Oladipo slammed the PDP leaders who could not deliver their wards during the elections could be seeking their resignation.
He said, “My attention has been drawn to a communiqué purportedly issued by some PDP leaders in the South-West calling on me, the National Secretary Prof. Adewale Oladipo and the National Auditor, Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju, to resign from the PDP NWC.
“However, 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 reflected 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.”
Oladipo said since members of the NWC were elected, they would remain in office until March 2016.
He said, “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 better, have instead resorted to divisive politics by attempting to instigate our members against one another.