By Alex Okoro
OrderPaperToday – Lagos State Members in the House of Representatives under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have debunked reports making the round that they have defected to other parties.
The members on Wednesday reaffirmed their loyalty to the leadership of Ahmed Makarfi.
They particularly urged party members to ignore some politicians parading themselves as ‘Labour PDP’ in places like Amuwo Odofin and Ajeromi Ifelodun, stressing that there is nothing of such.
In a statement issued by Mr. Oghene Egoh (PDP, Lagos) in Abuja, the lawmaker explained that himself, Mrs. Rita Orji, Tony Nwulu, Tajudeen Obasa Soyinka and Shadimu all remain in the PDP, adding that they are representing the party at the federal level under Sen. Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee.
Mr. Egoh revealed that the crisis rocking the party in Lagos was not Makarfi or Ali Modu Sheriff issue, but between Bode George group and the independent group.
“I want to emphasize for the purpose of clarification that Lagos PDP is Makarfi. PDP Lagos is loyal to Makarfi and the Supreme Court ruling is victory for us all. The issues rocking the PDP in Lagos was not a Makarfi/Sheriff issue, but rather was between the Bode George group and the independent group”,he said.
Explaining further, the lawmaker said the Bode George group is made up of Bode George loyalists in the party, while the independent group is made up of elected members of PDP, both at the State and Federal levels.
According to him, the Bode George group chose to defect to Labour party after losing in the primaries against the independent group, who chose to remain and fly the party flag.
“This information is important because some people are parading themselves as Labour PDP in places like Amuwo Odofin and Ajeromi Ifelodun, deceiving the Ndigbos and general public that Labour party is PDP.
“It is obvious for everyone to see that the Labour party is in deep crisis at the moment because money was not remitted to their national treasury.”
The lawmaker urged the PDP members to vote for the party and not Labour party, adding that the six of them, who are elected members of PDP, not only attended the caucus meeting of the party on Tuesday, but remain an integral part of the Makarfi led PDP in the National Assembly.
The lawmaker who warned dishonest politicians seeking cheap votes to desist from spreading false news, implored the party faithful to come out en masse to vote in the Makarfi