THE crisis rocking the Lagos State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deepens on Wednesday as party chieftains and faithfuls in West Senatorial District of the state gathered to pass a vote of no confidence on Hon Moshood Salvador, the state chairman, urging him to quit the position forthwith.
Party youth leader in Alimosho, Adewale Akinfe, who led other placard carrying youths, also demanded the sack of Salvador as some of the placards contained inscriptions such as: “Go Salvador, go Salvador,” “Salvador go, on 65-35 template we stand,” “Salvador, the end of a betrayal,” Salvador, pack your baggage and go,” “Salvador is working for APC,” “Salvador, where do you belong PDP or APC?” among others.
This was just as party chieftains at the gathering, which took place at the College Bus Stop along Ikotun-Idimu Road in Alimosho, including Dr. Adegbola Dominic, former PDP governorship aspirant; Prince Abayomi Kuye, former party organising secretary; PDP chairmen, drawn from all the senatorial districts in the state joined in the call for removal of Salvador.
According to them, Salvador cannot continue in office because he had violated the agreement in sharing of party offices which gave 65per cent in favour of Senator Ahmed Makarfi to which the former PDP Deputy National Chairman, Chief Olabode George, belongs and 35per cent in favour of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, but had instead chosen to favour Sheriff with even more than 65 per cent.
Dominic, while addressing newsmen, said Salvador had chosen to rubbish Chief George in the constitution of the state exco, saying that instead of allowing the former PDP deputy chairman’s group to take 65per cent of posts in the exco, had offered them barely 10per cent.
According to him, out of about 16 or 17 positions in the state exco, only three were shared out to the Makarfi/Bode George group that was supposed to benefit 65per cent of available positions, declaring that such a move on the part of Salvador was aimed at rubbishing Chief George, whereas he was expected to protect him and not do otherwise.
Speaking further, Dominic, who accused Salvador of jettisoning names submitted to him through collaboration of some unnamed people at the PDP national headquarters and replacing them, insisted that, “It was to undermine Chief Bode George in the state exactly, whereas Salvador is supposed to protect and not to rubbish him.”
On his part, former organising secraetary of the party in the state, Prince Kuye, while lamenting the state of affairs of PDP under Salvador, alleged that the party chairman had continued to embarked on failed inauguration exercises, claiming that Chief George gave him the authority to do so.
“The noise we continue to hear is that oga (George) has been the one that said we should be inaugurating committees, he almost inaugurated those who were dead already,” he said.
The party chieftain, however, said Chief George would arrive the country Wednesday night and everything would become open, even as declared that the East and Central senatorial districts would in the next one week meet and pass a vote of no confidence on Salvador to end his tenure.
Other leaders, who spoke, including Elder Ogunrinde, Barrister Wale Onileere, among others, also passed a vote of no confidence on the PDP state chairman, with Onileere contending that if Salvador was not for 65per cent sharing of position, then he was not qualified to be party chairman in Lagos.
It would be recalled that Salvador and the PDP spokesperson, Mr. Taofik Gani, have been at logger heads on a number of issues, including the inauguration of committees and the party’s stand on the recent bill on Yoruba Language signed into law by the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with the issue resulting in press war between the duo.
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The PDP chairman, Hon Salvador did not pick calls put through his cellphone and also did not reply to SMS sent to him as at the time of going to press.
Reacting, Salvador, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, told this correspondent that the party was planning a mega rally in the state come Thursday, describing those who claimed to be chairmen at the Alimosho gathering as impostors.
According to him, all of those were former chairmen, who lost out in the contest at last PDP congress.
Besides, he denied that there was ever a sharing formula in PDP Constitution, concerning who and who should be put in party offices, saying, “no sharing formula in PDP Constitution, it is a misconduct on the part of those who are saying so.”
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