A former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State and aspirant for the national chairmanship of the party, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, received condemnation from leaders of the party concerning the botched national convention.
This was coming at the heels of allegations that Agbaje tinkered with the delegates’ list from Lagos while in Port-Harcourt convention against the interest of the South-west.
State chairman of the party, Hon. Moshood Salvador, who addressed an emergency assembly of Lagos PDP, at the party’s secretariat, also accused Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State of working against the interest of the South-West.
The PDP chairman noted that efforts were made to reconcile aggrieved members of the party before the national convention, regarding the list of delegates.
However, he added that the list was tampered with in Abuja, with names of respected leaders of the party like Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, former deputy governor Kofo Akerele- Bucknor, among others, removed.
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,” he said.
He said Agbaje did not inform the state PDP 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,” he added.