20th May, 2011
Rather than thaw, the crisis that has engulfed the depleted Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has further been aggravated over the choice of minister from the state.
Political Platform reliably gathered that the two prominent factions of the party in the state are currently on colision course over whose faction should be favoured for the ministerial appointment by the national leadership of the party.
The first group is headed by the former Southwest deputy national chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George, while the other is being led by Dr. Abayomi Finnih. Chairman of the partyâ€™s Elders Council.
Political Platform further gathered that the two groups reportedly forwarded different sets of lists to the national headquarters of the PDP with each group proposing their favourite candidates.
Top on Georgeâ€™s list is the defeated governorship candidate of the party, Dr. Ade Dosumu and also the three defeated senatorial candidates of the party, Tolagbe Animashuan, Moshood Salvador and Williams Abaniwonda.
Also, on the list is the PDP state chairman, Kosedo Setonji, secretary, Tunji Shelle, Bode Oladele, a former aide to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo and Segun Ogundimu, a former commissioner in the state.
Finnih is rooting for himself, Ambassador Musilium Obanikoro, Nigeria’s Envoy to Ghana and an unidentified party member as his perferred candidates.
Other members of the faction led by Finnih include former Nigerian Ambassador to Malaysia, Senator Wahab Dosumu, former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, two former deputy governors, Rafiu Jafojo and Kofo Akerele-Bucknor among other notable leaders.
It was further gathered that George was using his influence as the leader and the arrow head of the party in Lagos to push for the appoint of his favourites.
Finnih on the other hand in using his position as the chairman of the partyâ€™s Elders Council to ensure that George is not accorded the privilege of nominating political office holders.
While the former NPA chairman is using his contact at the top echelon of the party to ensure that his ambition scales through, Finnih is relying on the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who is firmly behind his faction.