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Lagos PDP weak, must be strengthened to win elections — Pearse



Dr Adetokunbo Pearse, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, has attributed the poor outings of the party in recent elections in the state to lack of unity in the chapter.

Pearse, a former chairmanship aspirant of party in the state, expressed the view in an interview with our reporter on Thursday in Lagos.

He said the party had also not been functioning well as a political party in the state because its structure had been weakened and that no leader was serving as a rally point in the chapter.

“We have some fundamental problems in this state chapter, and because of these problems, the party is no more functioning well as a political party in the state.

“For a party to function well, Ward meetings and Local Government Area (LGA) meetings must be organised regularly for members ,so that they can be easily brought together and mobilised for elections.

“We do not have this in Lagos PDP a because we do not have a leader serving as a rallying point.

“When we don’t organise LGA meetings and we don’t organise ward meetings, it is difficult to win elections?”, Pearse said.

Pearse said politics is local ,expressing regret that the party had been crippled at the ward level.

“Everything happens at the ward level, but we do not have this again because there is no leader to coordinate the meetings,” he added.

The party chieftain also said members of the State Executive Committee of party were not also united, and so could not bring the party together.

Pearse said that the party was strong in the state as a time because there was a leader who served as a rallying point.

He said a lot issues came up in the party during the governorship election in 2023,which affected its performance.

“We are still where we are, until we figure out how we shall resolve these issues. We do not have a party in Lagos State now.

“The 2023 general elections in Lagos State and the handling over of delegates list to the governorship candidate cost us where we are now and we have not recovered from that,” he said.

Speaking on the poor performance of PDP in Feb. 3 0 Surulere Federal Constituency I by-election, Pearse said that the party failed because it did not present a strong candidate.

He said the candidate presented for the election was not known to stakeholders in the party.

“Lagos PDP is just filled with wrong people and that is why the party is in trouble,” he said.

Pearse, however, said that many of the issues threatening the party in the state would be resolved with the emergence a new national leadership.

“Things will change soon,” the party chieftain said.

It was reported that PDP’s Abdul-Azeez Adediran (aka Jandor) polled 62,449 votes to come a distant third in the 2023 governorship elections in the state, while APC polled 762,134 votes to emerge winner.

Similarly, in the Feb. 3 Surulere Federal Constituency 1 by-election, PDP polled 278 while APC obtained a total of 11,203 votes of the 11,939 total votes, to record a landslide victory

Adeyemi Adeleye

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