The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West has reiterated its determination to make sure that the party at all levels is not controlled by any individual or group, saying; “The only way we can win the next elections and regain what we lost in the South-West is for all our members, including those who left the party to come together as one.”
The party, which said the position presented at the last National Working Committee (NWC) meeting by the National Vice-Chairman (South-West), Chief Segun Oni was in the best interest of the PDP in the South-West zone, added that; “those sponsoring media attacks on the Zonal Chairman because of his call for the inclusion of all interests in the running of the party in States like Oyo and Ekiti are only looking at the party they can control and not what the party can control.”
Zonal Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Hon. Kayode Babade, who made this known in a statement issued today
noted that even though the electorate in the South-West are favourably disposed to the PDP, we must on our part manage our differences maturely to create a party of focus that can take over from the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the various states.”
Babade however urged the NWC to be mindful of situations where reports submitted during its meetings are already subjects of public discuss even before the end of the meeting, saying; “it is dangerous for our party for people to be sending text messages to disclose what was being discussed at sensitive party meetings as that of the NWC even while the meeting was still going on.”
“We wish to state once again that the South-West Exco will not succumb to blackmail from any individual or group, whose sole aim is to have the party in their pockets.
“As maintained by the Zonal Chairman, Chief Segun Oni, there are two sets of contenders for the party here in the South-West. There are those who are after the party they can control by making the party small enough to fit into their pockets and those who are after what their party can control by making their party big enough to win elections and control power at state and Local Government levels.
“If PDP must bounce back and regain what we have lost, we should never allow those who are after the party they can control by making the party small enough to fit into their pockets to have their way. PDP should be a party for all and that is the agenda we are pursuing.
“Therefore, members of the State Working Committee in all the states in the zone should have it at the back of their minds that the Oni-led Zonal Exco does not have any personal score to settle with anyone.
“Rather, what we are after is a strong and united party and whatever that it will require to achieve this should be supported by all members of the party.
“As for us in the Zonal Exco, if it means sacrificing our positions for the party to be united and be able to win elections, we are ready. For us, no sacrifice should be too much to make our party big enough to win elections and control power at state and Local Government levels,” Babade said.
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