The leaderdhip of Labour Party in Ogun State, Wednesday , acussed a member of House of representatives from Remo North Federal constituency ,Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu of planning to join the party through a back door.
Adebutu, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State ahead of 2019 gubernatorial election, was reported to be planning to dump the party for Labour Party to actualise his ambition following the crisis in the PDP netween his faction and a Senator representing Ogun East ,Senator Buruji Kashamu.
The Secretary of the party in the state, Mr Sunday Oginni while briefing newsmen in Abeokuta after the ward Congress held across the state ,claimed that some people believed to be supporters of Adebutu stormed the venues of the party ward congress in Ikenne and Remo North local government areas of the state and injured his members .
Oginni lamented that no fewer than six members of the party were injured by supporters of Adebutu during the congress in Ikenne and Remo North area councils.
Accordin to Oginni, we have heard that Adebutu is planning to dump PDP for our party, but, he is not ready to come through the due process. He wants to come through the back door.
“There is no room for Ladi Adebutu to hijack Labour Party structure in Ogun state. We are warninng him seriously to steer clear of Labour Party Congress .
“This warning is coming as a response to an attack on the Labour Party members who were peacefully conducting congress in Ikenne and Remo North local governments by Lado Vanguard members who are PDP members .
“It is unfortnate that Adebutu has decided to use back door and undemocratic means to subvert a valid congress of Labour Party in Ogun State, ” he said.
In a swift reacton,Adebutu said he remains a member of the PDP ,saying he has no problem in the party to warrant his alleged planned exit.
One of Adebutu media aides,Steve Oliyide, said ” Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu is a member of PDP, the largest political party in Nigeria and in Africa, and not Labour Party, he should not be drawn into whatever crises the leadership of Labour Party might be having with and among their members.
“It may be true that Hon. Adebutu’s loyalists cut across all divides; political interests and religious persuasions, which signpost the depth of his wide acceptance among the voting population.
“One thing is quite clear, he will be flying the flag on the ticket and mandate of the Peoples Democratic Party, and all his supporters, loyalists and those who believe in him will be expected to vote for the PDP.
” The question of interference in the activities of the LP therefore does not arise because it adds no value to either his present mandate as a lawmaker of the federal republic of Nigeria or as the potential governor of Ogun State in 2019 where members of all political parties and associations will be collectively catered for as free citizens of the state”.