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.