A political organisation, Lagos solidarity movement (LSM), has put their support behind the defection of the erstwhile chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon Moshood Adegoke Salvador to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The group in a statement by its chairman Tony Okafor and secretary, Tunde Jaiyesimi noted that it was not surprising that Salvador left the PDP amid Chief Olabode George’s arm-twisting politics.
According to the LSM, the history of Lagos PDP is replete with similar stories which made the likes of Chief Olorunfunmi Basorun, Dr Wale Ahmed, Dr Yomi Finnih, Mr Demola Seriki, Mr Wale Mogaji and many others jump ship.
“As a group that has closely followed activities of the Lagos PDP, we make bold to say that the once formidable party is today a sinking ship due to the over bearing attitude, lack of respect for team work, the PDP constitution and autocratic tendencies of Bode George.
“Therefore, Salvador is not saying anything new because George has always seen the party as his personal fiefdom and boasts of having the likes of Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal and senior officials of the Police hierarchy as his ‘boys’.
“We have it on good authority that this was what drove Dr Wale Ahmed and Mr Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi out the PDP, as Ahmed almost landed in jail while Gbadamosi was detained by the DSS over a false allegation.
“The simple question to ask is why won’t Salvador who has been PDP’S major financier leave this “slave camp” with the recent attempt to send him to jail over a trumped up charge of murder while trying to build the party.
“For those who can read between the lines, we charge them to read George’s address at his recent press conference to know his mind on Salvador who was tried by a court, discharge and acquitted after considering evidence from the security agencies and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) which shows his lack of respect for the Judiciary and the rule of Law,” the group said.
Continuing, the LSM called on security agencies to provide adequate security for Salvador, even as it said there are speculations that his life was being threatened by perceived political enemies.
The group said such speculation should not be handled with levity in view of its seriousness and sensitivity in view of the killings within the Lagos PDP in the recent past.