By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
Former lawmaker who represented Remo Federal Constituency of Ogun state twice at the House of Representatives (2003- 2011) on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Honourable Dave Oladapo Salako says he dumped the opposition party following alleged injustice he experienced during the last PDP primaries in the state.
Hon. Salako disclosed that all his efforts to get the party comply with the decision of the Appeals Committee of the party that address the injustice and recommended that he be declared winner of Ogun East Senatorial District primary election met a break wall leaving him with no option than to walk away from the PDP.
In a letter of resignation addressed to PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus which was seen by The AUTHORITY, Honourable Salako accused Hon. Ladi Adebutu, PDP Ogun governorship candidate, wrongly declared winner of the primary election of wielding “great influence and inducements on some of the National Executive members,” a development he argued which culminated in his denial of the Senatorial ticket by the state chapter of the party.
He said, “As requested by the party, I completed the formalities for nomination as the candidate of the party for Ogun East Senatorial District. On 2nd October, 2018, the primary election came up according to the time-table earlier released by the party. My first shock was the demand by the committee in charge of the primary election for the sum of N750, 000 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) as my share for the cost of the venue and logistics. By tradition, it has always been the responsibility of the Party- PDP to bear the cost of venue and other incidental expenses relating to primary election.
“Amidst other electoral irregularities that allegedly characterised the exercise, Hon. Salako also accused officials of skipping the accreditation of voters, stressing that staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and Department of State Security, DSS “were conspicuously absent.”
Describing what took place during the primary election, he reported: “There was no introduction of aspirants for proper identification before the election. Total number of voters was not publicly announced. This is because there was no proper accreditation at the inception of the exercise.”
He further stated that he has followed and fulfilled the requirements as stipulated by the Party’s Constitution to exhaust all avenues for redress of any injustice.
While noting that his request for the nullification of the exercise fell on deaf ears, Hon. Salako said he was left with no option but the quit the party he spent his resources and time to build, adding “The Appeal committee justified the reason why I should be declared the winner of the primary or at the worst scenario, cancel the primary and re-order a re-run. But instead, the party ignored my petition and even the report of the Appeal Panel.”
There are indications that Hon. Salako may be on his way to the All Progressives Congress (APC) following the failure of PDP to secure any major seat at the election and victory of the governorship candidate of APC, Prince Dapo Abiodun at the just concluded governorship elections.