A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, has warned the party’s national hierarchy against imposition of leaders in the ongoing harmonisation process.
Dipo Olorunrinu, who is the only PDP lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, says imposition may lead to another crisis.
“Our challenge in this harmonisation is that the kind of decision they have taken to solve the dissolved party Executives in some states will be counter-productive.
“Why do we give a higher fraction of the Executives at the ward and local government levels to the representatives of the people?
“It is unjust, undemocratic and unheard of. So, the leadership decision and style of approach has created problems already. If they (Committee) are leaving on December 9, it should not leave us with problems.”
Olorunrinu said that the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee had indulged members of the House of Representatives from the state to produce 70 per cent of the party’s ward and local government Executives.
He said that any attempt to concede 70 per cent of the Executives to federal lawmakers at the expense of the people’s choice, would not yield the desired results for the party.
He decried the decision of the National Caretaker Committee of the party to apportion 70 per cent of the party Executives to federal lawmakers at the expense of grassroots choices.
The lawmaker spoke just as one of the stalwarts in Lagos, Segun Adewale, announced his withdrawal from the state Chairmanship race on Friday over alleged imposition through ongoing harmonisation.
According to him, such development will create another crisis capable of ruining the fortune of the party in the state.
“Telling the House of Representatives members in Abuja to take higher share in the party Executive is not fair; if we are sincere, we should allow people to go for Congress so that they can choose their party Executives.
“This is the mindset of majority of people and one of the determinants of taking over in 2019. Lagos State is a determiner with 24 million residents and we can’t rule out the state.
He added that “ we should respect the people, because they own the party, we don’t own the party. We are just members and representatives,’’
According to him, the problem of leadership which brought the party to defeat in 2015 is still manifesting in the current harmonisation processes and may affect the December 9 party’s National Convention.