The new chairman of the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Samson Bamgbose, has said the inauguration of the new State Executive Committee last Friday was valid.
Bambgose said this on Sunday while reacting to a statement credited to National Chairman and National Secretary of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus and Senator Umaru Tsauri respectively.
The PDP leaders had dissociated the National Working Committee of the party from the newly-inaugurated state executive committee in Ogun State.
But Bamgbose, in a statement, noted that the position of the NWC was not unexpected.
He said, “It is disturbing that our leaders in this great party still do not understand (or just don’t care) that all politics is local and that handing over the structures of the PDP to Ladi Adebutu is a recipe for depletion of the commitment of members to the party in Ogun State and defeat at the polls.”
According to the new chairman, the issue as to which organ of the party is empowered to conduct congresses for the elections of party leaders in Ogun State had been resolved in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/636/2016, which reposed the powers in the party’s state executive committee.
Bamgbose said the validity of the judgment challenged at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court was dismissed.
He added, “Currently, the unassailable position is that congresses have been validly concluded by the outgone, judicially protected PDP OGSEC and new officers (that emerged in accordance with the terms of the orders in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/636/2016 set out above) have been validly inaugurated on the last day of the judicially recognised and specified tenure of the outgone leadership.
“My colleagues and I (following that inauguration) have now legally and validly taken over the running of the affairs of the Party in Ogun State.”
Bamgbose said the state executive was willing to accord the national leadership of the party its deserved respect.
He added that the state executive was amenable to working with the NWC to bring feuding groups together in the state and position the party to take over government in 2023.
Source: The Punch