The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, has said the Ogun state chapter of the party is now united after successfully settling all issues.
Secondus, who stated this when he received PDP delegates and some factional state executive from Ogun state, led by Hon. Ladi Adebutu, Wednesday in Abuja, boasted that the PDP unlike others have a functional conflict resolution mechanism.
“PDP has an internal conflict resolution mechanism to settle issues that have been lingering for long time. By your statement and your submission today, it means that all ramblings in Ogun state have been put to rest and including the legal issues.
“We glad that you have come and we assure you that you will receive all attention from the party headquarters. And in accordance with rules, that is the constitution of our party.
“It is also very clear that only national body, that in conjunction with the state can conduct all congresses, primaries and can submit list of their candidate to INEC. The law is very clear and anything contrary to that is against the law.
“We are happy that our party in Ogun state has come together and we will give you all the support. Please don’t be distracted, we also want to appeal to the Judiciary to help the party, so that the party can move on”.
Earlier in his remark, Hon. Adebutu explained that “The chapter of the party at Ogun state had been embroiled in conflicts for 12 years. So a chapter that had 100 percent of all the elective position in the state have now moved to a party that only has just one out of the 40 elective positions.
He added that, “In this 12 years we have had 2 parallel executives in the state that have not always work together. This cumulated a situation where in the last election when the party produced me as the candidate of the party, the other faction has another candidate. At the end of the day, unfortunately we lost the election woefully.
According to Adebutu ” Out of the 14 members of the state working committee, one is still at loggerhead with us, because he was a candidate in the last election. But interestingly, out of the 13 that are left, 10 are presently very active with the PDP and have align with the decision of the PDP national headquarters. 3 are still drifting in and out, some days they claimed they are with us, another day they are with APC.
“But however, what this means is that out of 14 we have 10 led by the factional secretary returning fully to the mainstream and total alliance to the dictates of the party at the national level, he said.
He continued “The believe is that, by this all issues of litigation will be put to rest. Our party shall become one strong force again and shall remains the singular strongest opposition in Ogun state. And I can assure you that 2023 you can count on Ogun state in the Kitty for our party”
The leader of the factional executive, Ogun state Secretary, Semiu Sodipo stated that “I want to join our leader I’m informing you that, the crisis in Ogun state has really come to an end. I was part of the problem, I have been acting secretary, I was acting secretary 2009 t0 2010. I was the one who conducted the one of the congresses in 2011 election.
He added that “We have realized that controlling the structure, does not mean controlling the people. And it does not really translate to victory. We have conducted election 3 times, 2011, 2014 and 2019 and nothing has come out of it. I now look at the whole thing, what can we do? Except we do what is necessary, without the national headquarters working with us, we will not make any progress”.