Members of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), in Epe local government area of Lagos state have petitioned the national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus over imposition of a non-member of the party, one Elizabeth Oluwatoyin Oniyinde, as the PDP candidate for Epe 1 Constituency for Lagos State House of Assembly race.
In a strongly worded protest letter to Secondus, which was signed by PDP Ward chairmen and Leaders in Epe Constituency 1, it was stated that Elizabeth Oniyinde is alien to the party and her name is not in the party’s membership register within the constituency.
The PDP members declared that they were taken aback when Oniyinde’s name was published by INEC as PDP candidate as no primary election was conducted in the constituency to pick flag bearer for the party.
Part of the petition reads: “Elizabeth is not a member of the PDP and is not known to anyone in the Ward or to the leaders or Stakeholders in the constituency and the local government.
“The Ward register has been copied to the State and National Organising Secretary as evidence to confirm this.
“The LGA chairman, including the party leaders and Ward chairmen has written to corroborate this fact.
“There were no primaries in the state this year and her name may have been forwarded by a meddlesome interloper due to an oversight without due investigation from the LGA, Ward and leaders. This is most unfortunate for a rebranded and repositioned PDP.
“We are the stakeholders, officials and elected representatives of the PDP in Epe Constituency 1. We are therefore appealing to you to remove the name of Elizabeth Oluwatoyin Oniyinde as the candidate representing our constituency for the best interest of the party and principles of democracy.
While warning that failure to substitute Oniyinde’s name may affect the electoral fortunes of PDP in the constituency, the Epe PDP leaders said they have already brought the anomaly to the notice of PDP leaders in Lagos like Princess Gloria Adebayo-Fraser; Hon Jimi Agbaje and members of Lagos state executive committee of the PDP.
They added that the Lagos PDP leaders have already intervened in the matter with the National Organising Secretary in support of their position and pleaded with Prince Secondus to ensure Elizabeth Oniyinde’s name is removed from INEC list as they are not ready to work for an impostor.
“With due respect we are challenged to work for a person who is not a member of the party and acts against the party’s constitution which we have sworn to uphold.
We would not be at ease where our rights as Ward chairmen and leaders have been undermined unjustifiably and indiscriminately.
“This lady’s nomination is in contravention of the eligibility criteria of the party’s constitution for vying for political offices. She is not a member of the PDP.
“The membership issue presents enough grounds to remove her name as the Constituency 1 House of Assembly candidate without further delay in order to carry all stakeholders along and give them a sense of belonging.”
The petition was signed by all the eight PDP Ward Chairmen and the LGA Chairman in the constituency.