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South-west threatens to leave PDP over chairmanship position

25 April 2016, 12:04

Lagos - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in South-west zone has threatened to reconsider its continued membership of the party if it is denied the chairmanship position in the forthcoming national convention of the party.

The position of the zone was contained in a statement by former presidential spokesman Dr. Doyin Okupe.

In a statement titled: “PDP and the burden of justice and equity”, Okupe alleged that the seed of misrepresentation was sowed by a group of political clowns and court jesters.”

He noted that the South-west PDP elders, led by the former National Deputy Chairman, Olabode George, have condemned the traitors during their recent summit in Lagos.

Also read: South-west PDP insists on national chairmanship position

He said the South-west PDP has the intention of bidding for the position during the national convention.

Okupe said: “ I want to state categorically, without any fear of equivocation, that we, the Yoruba from the South-west, desire and demand the post of the National Chairman at the next convention of the party.

“The following are the past Chairmen:  Solomon Lar, Gemade, Audu ogbe, Prince Ogbolafor, Dr Nwodo, Kawu Baraje, Haliru Bello(Acting), Bamangar Tukur,  Adamu Muazu, Prince Secondus(Acting) and Sen Ali Modu Sheriff.

“In the last 18 years, there have been 11 chairmen from five geo-political zones. Only the Yoruba from the South-west have been precluded from this exalted office.

“In the interest of fairness, equity and justice, it is most compelling that the Yoruba  of the Southwest zone must be allowed to contest for this post at this coming National convention.”

Okupe warned that any attempt to deny the Southwest the position could spell doom.

He said: “Any attempt to do anything to the contrary, no matter the reason advanced cannot be acceptable.

Failure for a Yoruba man to emerge as the National Chairman can only mean two things: that there is a pervasive and concealed hatred for the South-west in the PDP, or the PDP has very little or no regard for Yoruba interest as shown by the obvious cheating of the South-west from the  position of the House of Representatives Speaker in 2011, which was neither rectified nor compensated for the whole of four years.”

 “The sad implication of the above is that, regrettably, many of us from the southwest may have to reconsider our membership of this great party we have  helped to nurture and supported through thick and thing, a party we have loved almost more than our very existence, and the party we have served with all our natural endowment, in victory and defeat.”

- News 24


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