A faction of the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under the aegis of the Union Group, Thursday urged the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to speed up plans to conduct fresh congresses in the state.
It was gathered that there had been mixed feelings concerning the planned dissolution of State Executive Committees of the PDP in eight states by the NWC of the party.
The states, it was gathered, are Anambra, Kogi, Oyo, Bayelsa, Delta, Plateau, Enugu and Imo.
The group, at its meeting in Lagos, unanimously agreed that fresh congresses should be conducted for Lagos State.
Addressing journalists at the meeting, a chieftain of the party, Oluyomi Finnih, said it was only an inclusive election that could re-unite the party in the state.
“Indeed, the Lagos PDP remains factionalised and the only way forward is for fresh congresses that would be acceptable to all members and groups within the party. We sincerely hope that the NWC will call for quick congresses in Lagos as we do not recognise the existing executive structure in Lagos State,” Finnih said.
According to him, the congresses that brought in the existing executives were not conducted in accordance with the PDP constitution.
“A group in the party wants to dominate everyone and we cannot agree to that. The series of congresses held in March 2012 were badly managed and was in fact hijacked by one group,” he alleged.
Finnih, who noted that the continued factionalisation of the party in the state had been the bane of its inability to win in major elections in the state, accused the present party machinery in the state of not caring for the feelings of other groups in the party.
“One main issuing bugging the Lagos PDP is the refusal of one group to bend backwards to accommodate others. Some members of the party are holding the party to ransome because of their over bloated connection,” he said.
He also said as a result, the Lagos PDP had remained dormant and static.
“Members of the party are gradually moving to other parties or just sitting at home and hoping for better days to come,” he said.
He pointed out that various attempts at reconciliation following agitations from some groups in the party in the state were boycotted by the group in power in the state.
“However, the South-west Caretaker Committee of the PDP headed by Chief Isola Filani, had set up reconciliation committees all over the six states in the zone. Part of the recommendations of the committee was a harmonisation ratio of offices in Lagos state of 40; 40; 20, between the establishment (existing executive) union and non-aligned group.
“The committee also recommended that patronages in the state be distributed equitable to cover all groups and factions in the party which is yet to be implemented,” he said.
Finnih, however, added that the PDP could only win the 2015 elections in Lagos with an all inclusive party.
When contacted on the issue, the state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Taofik Gani, said: “We remain one family in Lagos State. Our intra-family affairs will treated without discomfort to any aggrieved member.”