The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State has accused its candidate in the 2015 governorship election in the state and aspirant for the national chairmanship of the party, Jimi Agbaje, of tinkering with the delegates’ list from Lagos for the botched August 17 national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Chairman of the party in the state, Hon. Moshood Salvador, who addressed an emergency assembly of Lagos PDP at the party’s secretariat at the weekend, also accused Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State of working against the interest of the South-West.
According to the Lagos PDP chair, prior to the election, efforts were made to reconcile all aggrieved members, which culminated in the equal distribution of delegates’ list between the two PDP groups in the state.
However, when the list got to Abuja, Mr. Salvador alleged that it was altered with names of respected leaders of the party like Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, former deputy governor Kofo Akerele-Bucknor, among others, deleted.
He said the development was not only annoying, but disturbing.
Salvador said: “Having done all these extensive works, with the full cooperation of every member of the PDP in Lagos State, some unscrupulous individuals went to Abuja to manipulate this list.
“The message came to us after extensive investigations that it was Jimi Agbaje and one other member in Abuja that did all these nominations.
“They sat down there to put stone in the house of PDP in Lagos, this cannot be acceptable.
“As we are all struggling, putting all what we have together to move this party forward, some people in Ekiti were busy stoning our house here, we are leaving them to God”.
The Lagos PDP boss said Agbaje did not inform the party in the state of his intention to contest the PDP chairmanship, adding, “We got to know when we got to Port Harcourt”.
Salvador said: “All the states in the North had meeting with Chief Olabode George in Abuja; they were all with him. Could you believe that five delegates were removed from all the states? The Lagos state delegates’ list is 66 but 61 tags were packaged for me. I was asking for the remaining five; they removed five names because of their manipulation”.
In his reaction, Mr. Agbaje denied tinkering with the delegates’ list in question as he was not even privy to it.
Speaking through his media aide, Felix Oboagwina, the national chairmanship aspirant said, “The list was compiled by the caretaker committee. So it couldn’t have been doctored by Jimi Agbaje from Lagos, and you know there are delegates and delegations from 36 states”.