Former minister, Ogunlewe speaks on Lagos PDP crisis


A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Sen. Adeseye Ogunlewe, has called on members of the party to work together.

The former Minister of Works said this while reacting to Thursday’s holding of two parallel events by the Moshood Salvador-led executive and another group.

While Salvador was holding the party general assembly to mobilise members in Ikeja, a group of aggrieved members, led by former deputy chairman, Prince Ola Apena, was holding another rally in Ikorodu.

At the Ikorodu rally which attracted prominent members like former state Organising Secretary, Prince Abayomi Kuye, a vote of no confidence was passed on Salvador.

Apena told journalists after the rally that the group was not happy with the way Salvador was running the party, asking him to vacate office.

But Ogunleye warned that the party could not realise its objective of capturing the state in 2019 if members were working at cross purposes.

“The PDP members in the state need to work in unity with one another to achieve our objectives in the state”, he told NAN.

“Election is around the corner. This is a time for unity and not for fight or discord.

“Personally, I see the same people in Ikeja and Ikorodu rallies as the same PDP.

“Yes, there are disagreements,which is normal in a democracy, we will sort ourselves out”.

Ogunlewe said the call for Salvador to leave office was unnecessary as only the National Working Committee of the party could remove him.

Asked if he had any political ambition in 2019, he responded in the negative.

“May be you don’t know, I am 75 years old, and what will a 75 year old be looking for in office again? Sorry, I am not vying for anything,” he said.


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