The Lagos PDP leaders held a meeting with their National Chairman.
The Lagos State Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has said that the party is determined to wrest power from the ruling Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the 2015 gubernatorial elections.
Tunji Shelle disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, while also appealing to aggrieved party members to sheath their discontent and work with the party leadership in winning the state from the “fatigued leadership” of the ACN.
“We wish to re-assure our teeming supporters that the PDP is determined more than ever to take over power in Lagos come 2015 and to ensure grassroots development in all parts of the state,” said Mr. Shelle.
The statement, signed by Taofik Gumi, the state Publicity Secretary, stated that its closed door meeting with Bamanga Tukur, the party’s National Chairman, was to discuss strategies for the 2015 elections in Lagos State.
Mr. Tukur’s meeting with the Lagos State Executives, held at the Dominion Lounge within the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, also had some selected leaders of the party in the state as well as members of the South West Caretaker Committee in attendance.
“Hitherto, there were speculations that the National Working Committee of the PDP had dissolved the Tunji Shelle led state executive due to alleged factional interests,” the party said in the statement.
“The National Chairman’s visit and the presence of party leaders in the state like the former Minister for Works, Chief Seye Ogunlewe, has vindicated the state exco that the status quo is intact and that the party remains united in Lagos,” it added.
The statement further noted that the party had resolved the differences between the various factions which had constantly dogged the state chapter.
“We left the meeting with a greater resolve to work as a family so as not to disappoint the people of Lagos who have for so long agitated for a change of government at the state level,” said Mr. Shelle.
According to the party, “nothing can be more assuring than to know that the Lagos leadership has the support and blessings of its national leaders.”
“We appeal to any aggrieved member that may have backslided from the activities of the party to please come back home.
“We also welcome people from other political parties willing to join us and we assure that all members, new and old, will be treated with the same love and fairness for which the party is known,” the statement added.