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Crisis Rocks PDP As Factional Chairman Breaks Into Secretariat With Supporters

The leadership crisis rocking the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has taken a new twist as Mr Segun Adewale, who is laying claim to the chairmanship of the party, was accused of breaking into the secretariat on Friday to hold a meeting.

The party chairman in the state, Dr Adegbola Dominic, in a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Mu’azu Zubairu, stated that Adewale, popular known as Aeroland, burgled the secretariat on the pretext that he was holding a party meeting.

But in a reaction, Adewale said he did not break into the office but simply went to take possession of the office.
He said he was issued with a letter of appointment in 2016 by the Ali Modu-Sheriff-led administration, adding that the appointment would terminate in 2021.

Adewale, in a letter written to the police,  also asked Dominic to stop parading himself as the chairman of the PDP.

However, Dominic in the petition titled, ‘Unnecessary and preventable break-in and entry at PDP secretariat , Ikeja,’ said it was not the first time Adewale was breaking into the secretariat.

Dominic also alleged that Adewale was not a member of the party and could not lay claim to being appointed as chairman of the party during the defunct administration of the Ali Modu-Sheriff-led national executive.

Dominic stated, “I wish to bring to your notice that Mr Segun Adewale, also known as Aeroland, and his thugs have broken into our party secretariat again.

“This happened in the morning of Friday, April 26, 2019 on the pretext that they were holding a party meeting, despite (the fact) that he is not a member of our party and the police have been duly informed about that fact.

“Please be reminded that this occasion is not the first that Segun Adewale is breaking into our party secretariat in this manner, which prompted our party’s national leadership, in a petition to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police dated, April 16, 2019, to request that Adewale, not being a member of our party, should be apprehended for breaking into our party secretariat.

“Our party leaders have been hard pressed restraining our party’s youths from rising to defend our secretariat and staff in which case there would otherwise have been a breakdown of law and order, and possibly bloodshed.

“This, as responsible party leaders, we want to avoid at all cost; and therefore we are imploring the police to apprehend Adewale in order to maintain the peace, and protect our properties and our law-abiding members.”

When contacted for his comment, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, declined comment on the matter.

A top PDP source, however, said Dominic was the known chairman of the party, adding that Adewale contested the governorship election in Ekiti on the platform of the Action Democratic Party in 2018 and had not returned to the party since then.

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