Concerned Lagos PDP Youth Decry Disunity in the Party
Concerned Youths of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos has expressed concerns over the various challenges in the party.
In a press conference held in Surulere, Lagos, some of the youths in the party expressed discomfort with the recent activities in the party which they say is killing the party.
According to the youths, Lagos State is one of the few States in the country which have proven insurmountable for PDP and it is matter of great concern to us as ordinary
members of the party.
Speaking at the press conference, the youth secretary of the party Gabriel Iwatan said that the reasons for this imbroglio can be traced to disunity within the party and poor selection of representatives at all levels of governance.
”We have ended up with charlatans, who are benefiting from the chaos and only too happy to fester this disunity, taking control of the party particularly at the ward and LGA levels.
The just concluded PDP Ward Congress is a wakeup call for those of us who believe in the party and wants the best for the party and our beloved State.
“An exercise where sitting representatives (who are themselves desirous of contesting in 2023), are allowed to select the committee that will be tasked with deciding the party’s candidates for the 2023 election, is not only insane, but only breeds megalomaniac tendencies.”
“We have ended up with representatives who believe that they are above the party, the party members, and the community they were elected to serve. This macabre dance of impunity could only take place in an atmosphere of disunity, which the representatives are only too happy to exploit.”
“The result of this macabre dance of impunity is that PDP has ended up with only 3 representatives at NASS from the original 6, none of whom has made any contribution to the national debate or community development.”
One the member of the youth forum who spoke, Bright Osazuwa said that it is time that the youth liberate the party from these megalomanias, who are fuelling the disunity to feather their own nest.
“It is time that we liberate our party from these megalomanias, who are fuelling the disunity to feather their own nest. It is time that we look to those who can unify our party and work to develop the party in their communities, after all, we are the party of the people.”
Also, speaking at the conference the spokesperson, Tony Ademuyiwa in his address described what is expected of PDP as party and the kind of personality and leader’s to be brought out. Giving instance, he said we have examples of such people in the party, and a shining example of such unifier and committed community champion is Seyi Clement in Surulere.
Since joining the party, Seyi Clement has embarked on a path to unify all factions in the party.
He has expended his resources to build party membership and championed the PDP e-registration exercise in Surulere.
His support for women in business in Surulere is legendary with his interest and guarantee free loans to women in business in Surulere, via his SUREmoney scheme, he has been able to lift many families out of poverty.
His annual free health checkup and treatment via his SUREhealth scheme has helped to improve the health of the community, by address the issues of high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, and breast cancer.
Seyi Clement describe himself as a proud Lagosian. He was born to the Saro/Aguda families of Williams and Clement of Popo Aguda, Lagos Island.
He read law at the University of Benin. He has a thriving law practice in Lagos and London. He is the publisher of the leading law journal in Africa, “Law Digest” and has served in various public offices in the UK with an unblemished record.
He was the Chairman of the Infrastructure Board of one of the leading NHS hospitals with over £250m budget for over 5 years and served on the Board for 9 years.
He was the secretary to the largest conglomerate of private healthcare hospitals in Europe.
In 2015, dismayed by the lack of social development in my constituency of Surulere 2, he and his wife, set up the Seyi Clement Foundation to facilitate social and human development in the constituency.
Seyi Clement is the Patron of NAIJA Youth Association, which represents the youth of Chief Natufe Street, Ade-Onitimirin Cres, Ipaye Street, Johnson Street and Alhaji Oduola Close in Aguda.
Seyi has received accolades both home and abroad. In 2017, he was presented to HRH Princess Anne of Great Britain for services to the community and in 2018, he was honoured by the Mayor of Greenwich, also for services to the community.
His Surulere Children’s Christmas Party which brings all families in Surulere together is legendary.” he concluded.