Why reconciliation failed Ajeromi PDP …which way forward

In line with the earlier order of the People’s Democratic Party National
Chairman, Uche Secondus, to Lagos PDP members to embrace peace, the
Lagos chapter, has instituted a reconciliation committee both at the
State and the local governments to reconcile all aggrieved party
members and to recommend way forward for the embattled party in the
Dr Abimbola Ogunkelu, a former Minister on Integration in Africa heads
the state’ reconciliation committee while Ralman  Owokoniran  serves
as the secretary. The committee’s recommendation will guide the
national body of the party on the way forward.
The Ajeromi –Ifelodun Local government chapter of the committee has
long been constituted by the State Committee and members named in Ajeromi Ifelodun included: Hon Emilia Ezeude, Hon Luqmon Odumosu, Chief Dada Onijama and Chief Ajiweor Uzoma Dadison .
True to speculations of some members who doubted if the committee will work out any
meaningful reconciliation because some of the victims of those
injustices according to them have been penciled down as members of the reconciliation
committee, months after, nothing has been heard of the Committee or their recommendations.   The proper thing for the Party to have  done if they truly needed peace according to some schools of thoughts would have been to notify the leaders to volunteer their trusted representatives into the committee, rather the state committee went ahead to choose members of
the committee.
Equity, according to them demands that the reconciling team must be seen as neutral and
members of the reconciliation team have to be people that command the
trust of the aggrieved leaders and you must consult their leaders who
will bring the people they trust.
Some of the aggrieved leaders that spoke to Inside Ajeromi news on
unanimity said some of the speculated names in the local government
committee are not qualified because they are virtually new to the
party and so do not know the depth of the PDP problem.
Corroborating this, another leader said the inclusion of Hons Emilia
and Luqmon are misplaced because both have aspirations which will
color their imputes because they will be driven by their aspiration.
In addition, they are both said to lack experience on party
administration either at zonal or LGA.
 Mr Uche Secondus, had earlier called on members of the party in Lagos
to mend their differences and make peace. Making the call recently in
Abuja while receiving report from a three-man ad hoc committee set up
by the National Working Committee (NWC) on the resolution of the
crisis in the Lagos State chapter, led by Sen. Ben Obi, Secondus said
that Lagos was “winnable” for PDP if members could allow peace to
“All we want is peace, all we want is to win Lagos. “And for our
members in Lagos, the bible says there is time for everything, we have
had enough crises; the time has come for peace. We need everybody to
make the difference,” he said.
He assured the members that PDP leadership would look into the
complaints of lopsidedness in the membership of the Board of Trustees
from Lagos. He also assured them that the NWC would not interfere in
the running of the state chapter. “Lagos will govern and administer
themselves, for us to win Lagos. There will be no interference,” he
said. Secondus commended the committee for its recommendations and for
setting the stage for final peace and reconciliation in Lagos. He also
promised that the NWC would look into the recommendations with a view
to implementing them for the interest of the party.
Speaking earlier, the chairman of the ad hoc committee, Senator Ben
Obi, described the committee meetings with Lagos members as fruitful.
He enumerated some of the factors that cost PDP the state in the last
general election to include the lack of unity due to unilateral
dismissal of elected local government chairmen by the acting Lagos
state chairman, Dr Adegbola Dominic.
Obi said, that PDP members in Lagos State are “thirsty for peace,” as
well want the vacant positions in the state executive committee to be
filled in line with the party’s constitution. Noting that party
members demanded that there should be no imposition of any kind.
His words, “They complained of the actions of the acting state
chairman, who without due process dissolved newly elected local
government chairmen. They demand non-interference by NWC and that the
suspension and removal of the local government chairmen by the acting
chairman should be lifted. “Just like in every state, they complained
of lack of funds and that three Board of Trustees members (from the
state) come from one zone and in some cases, all appointments,”
 Other members of the committee include the National Vice Chairman,
South West, Chief Eddy Olafeso and Sen. Biodun Olujimi.

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