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You can't dictate to us - PDP blasts Bode George over comment on Doherty's election

- PDP has lambasted ex-deputy national chairman, southwest of the party, Bode George

- George had criticised the election of Adedeji Doherty as the chairman of the party in the state

- The party, however, noted that the election followed due process

Former deputy national chairman, southwest of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chief Olabode George, has been carpeted by the leadership of the party over his recent comment on the election of new chairman for the Lagos chapter.

Vanguard reports that the party's leadership said on Monday, December 9, that the conduct of its affairs was in line with rules and procedures as provided in its constitution.

Legit.ng gathered that the party was reacting to a statement credited to Bode George, faulting the recent election into the party executive committee in Lagos.

In a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party noted that George mixed up the issues, adding that the election was conducted credibly.

He said: “Perusing the said publication, it is easily decipherable by all informed members and critical stakeholders that chief George mixed up issues. We believe he did this inadvertently, and unfortunately came to an erroneous conclusion, probably because he does not have the correct facts on the matter at hand.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the National Working Committee (NWC) wishes to state that the process that produced the elected Adedeji Doherty-led Lagos state executive committee followed all due process as stipulated by the PDP constitution, the party guidelines, the electoral act; and without any whimsical interference by the national leadership.

He said all actions taken by the party's members in Lagos in filling vacancies left either by resignations, defections and or death of occupants of those offices followed due process.

The statement read: “It was a collective decision of the majority of our members in the state taken in a determination to reposition our party for the challenges ahead; a development which ought to be commended by well-meaning leaders and members of our party.

“Nigerians, especially, Lagosians, are aware that PDP members and her supporters are in the majority in the state but have wondered over the years why the fortunes of the party have not measured up to her numerical strength in successive general elections.

“No responsible and meaningful national party leadership and committed followership would allow a promising state chapter of her party, like the PDP, to be eternally polarized, balkanized and stifled, through continuous decimation of her membership due to unwarranted wrangling.

“The PDP therefore calls on all critical stakeholders and teeming members in Lagos State to close ranks, put aside all personal and parochial interests and work with the newly elected leadership to strengthen our party and provide Lagosians that credible platform to rescue their state from the strangulating and exploitative regime of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

George had in the statement carpeted the Uche Secondus-led NWC for doing a poor job on the election of the new executive committee for the party in Lagos.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following the defection of Moshood Salvador to the ruling All progressives Congress (APC) earlier this year, Adedeji Doherty was sworn-in as the new chairman of the PDP in Lagos state.

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