The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Samson Bamgbose has said the national leadership of PDP derecognize the new executive members of the party in the state because they failed to understand that all politics is local.
Bamgbose’s reaction came 24 hours after the national leadership of the party disown the new leadership of PDP in Ogun State.
The party executives stated that, handing over the structure of Ogun State PDP to Ladi Adebutu would be against the interest of the party members.
Bamgbose made this known in a statement issued and made available to newsmen on Sunday.
The PDP Chairman noted that, Adebutu was seeking the control of the party in the state because of his 2023 Governorship ambition.
He stressed that, the new leadership of the party in Ogun State would protect the rights of their members.
Bamgbose maintained that, most of the leaders who remained in the party despite the electoral setback is a good example of what is required for a resurgence of the party.
The PDP Chairman identified the former senator representing Ogun East at the national assembly, Senator Buruji Kashamu as one of the leaders who selflessly support the party without having interest to contest for governorship seat in 2023.
Bamgbose however assured that the new leadership of the party in the state would ensure that the party nominate winning candidates in the 2023 general elections.
He said “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP has again shown its hands in the enduring struggle in the Ogun State Chapter of the PDP between internal democracy and autocracy.
“The NWC’s press release of 9th May 2020, which seeks to derecognize the new leadership of the PDP in Ogun State led by me, is not unexpected but 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 (whose only desire for seeking such control is to guarantee his ambition of being the candidate of the Party for the Ogun State Gubernatorial elections in 2023) is a recipe for depletion of the commitment of members to the Party in Ogun State and defeat at the polls.
“However, let it be understood emphatically that we will not allow our great party to suffer such humiliation and will protect the rights of our members to choose their own leaders as specifically prescribed by Sections 223 and 224 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Constitution of the PDP.
“This will not be the first time that we will defeat autocracy in our party in Ogun State. Since the contradictions in the Party in Ogun State exploded in the first case (Suit No. FHC/L/CS/347/2012) internal democracy has always won.
“In order to restrain the penchant for political impunity the judgments of the courts in that suit and successive cases (particularly Suit No. FHC/L/CS/636/2016) have sought to create a special case for the conduct of congresses and primaries in the Ogun State Chapter of the PDP.
“Clearly, the National Officers of our great Party deserve our respect and we would always accord them that.
“The current position of the Party (as opposition party) at the Federal level and in many States (including Ogun State) signifies a need to consolidate its existing membership through efforts at reconciliation of aggrieved members before mobilizing for more members.
“We have always been amenable to such overtures and (notwithstanding the unassailability of our legal position) welcome genuine moves to bring feuding groups together.
“Most of our current leadership who have remained in the Party despite electoral setbacks are good examples of what is required for a resurgence of the PDP.
“Many others who selflessly support the Party in the State, particularly Senator Buruji Kashamu, have indicated that they have no ambition for governorship or senatorial office in 2023 and wish only to support a resurgence of the PDP in Ogun State to ensure victory for all the candidates the Party democratically chooses to fly its flag in 2023.
“In order to bring all hands on deck we must ensure that the Party is run for all aspirants and that a level playing field is provided for all who have political ambition so that we may be able to pick winning candidates rather than be stuck with a deep pocket with little or no electoral value”.