Ondo PDP dissociates self from committee assigned to probe loss of election to APC

November 16, 2020

2.8 min readCategories: Politics

The Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dissociated itself from the meeting of South West PDP “leaders” held in Lagos to review the outcome of the Ondo State Gubernatorial Election amongst other issues.

Starnews Nigeria had reported that some Southwest leaders of the PDP led by former Governor Ayodele Fayose had lamented the loss of the governorship election in Ondo State to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) despite winning the presidential election, two senatorial seats, and three house of representatives seats for the PDP in the 2019 general election in the state.

Given the above, the said southwest leaders resolved to set up a Five man Panel to study, assess and identify factors responsible for this unprecedented woeful performance in Ondo State and submit its report within a month.

Starnews Nigeria reports that the Panel was also given the responsibility to examine all issues relating to election planning, management and prosecution; identify all lapses and make useful recommendations to prevent such shoddy performances in the future.

The Panel’s report is to be submitted to NWC for further actions.

But in a statement by Kennedy Peretei, the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Ondo State, the Ondo State Chapter of the PDP dissociated self from such panel.

The PDP in Ondo State said the alleged review of the loss of the party at the just concluded governorship election in the state is preposterous to gloat over especially when the party and its candidate has approached the Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Akure to seek redress.

An investigation by Starnews Nigeria reveals that this might not be unconnected with the crisis rocking the South West chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which has taken another dimension.

Part of the statement by Peretei reads:

”In the first place, it is no news that our party and candidate at the Election Mr Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, have approached the Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Akure, to seek redress. To that extent, the final verdict on the Election has not been heard. And it will be, therefore, preposterous to gloat over same.”

”It is also disheartening that the same characters who received money from All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders to sabotage, openly canvass and distributed money to buy votes for APC to turn round and lament “defeat” of the PDP in Ondo State.”

”As a party, we are undaunted by this temporary setback. We have also put measures in place to appropriately address the anti-party activities of those APC or ZLP members masquerading as PDP leaders by provisions of our Party Constitution (2017 as Amended)”

”There is no need to cry more than the bereaved. We have accepted our challenges and willing to take them on headlong as we are convinced of victory at the end of the tunnel.”

”The Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo is willing to weed out the bad eggs amongst us and those who have made themselves ready tools in the hands of unpatriotic elements driven by over-ambition

”Our party is organised and peaceful. We shall not allow outsiders to infiltrate our ranks to foment any kind of trouble and bring about the crisis that has been managed in the past. Those who are responsible for our present challenges should not dare us as we shall bare our fangs if further provoked.”

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