The Ogun State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party on Friday vowed to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State come 2023.
The new State Chairman of the party, Samson Bamgbose who spoke to journalists in Abeokuta, the State capital, shortly after taking his Oath of office, insisted that the his new Executive would deliver all the elective positions to the State in the 2023 general election.
Bamgbose was sworn-in along side other Executive members at the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta.
The swearing-in ceremony followed the expiration of the Bayo Dayo-led Executive.
The newly inaugurated Executive members received car gifts from the “Omo-Ilu Foundation”, which was being funded by a former Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Buruji Kashamu.
Bamgbose who was a former deputy chairman in the state noted that his vision is to see the party coming back to track and retaining its victory position in the State.
He said, “Few years ago, this party was managing this State, we produced the government, PDP was running the government, but along the line something happened and it went off.”
“So, for now my primary aim is to bring the party back to that track, we want to be in the government, we want to produce the next government and we are producing the next government.”
Speaking on the legalities of the inauguration, the PDP Chairman insisted that the congress that produce the Executive was backed by the constitution of the party.
He maintained the Executive was elected from ward to local government levels and was ratified at the Senatorial level.
Bamgbose also explained that the names of the newly inaugurated Executive had been sent to the National Executive Committee of the party in Abuja.
He added, “About what is happening now, as far as I am concerned, as far as I know, there is no error. Today, we are doing our inauguration of the Executive that has been constituted and elected and before we can do anything, we must be inaugurated.”
“What we have done so far is according to the constitution of the party.”
Bamgbose while speaking on how to unite the party, said, “As the Chairman of the party, I am here to serve, I have started sending calls to all the aggrieved members to come and let us come together and do this thing.”
“I as the Chairman of the party cannot do it alone, I need the support everyone. I have started sending signal to all aggrieved party members that we should come together, the umbrella is so big and I am sure they will response. Even those that have left for APC, we have talked at length and some of them will be here. In less than no time, I believe we will see that things are taking better shape.”
“The National Executive committee is father of all, their own is to see PDP producing the executive that is ready and can deliver. Our own responsibility is to forward whatever we do here to them, I believe the National Executive committee with what I have seen, I think we will have fine rapport; for the past a week or two, we have been discussing with them. Things are taken another shape and they too are interested in seeing Ogun PDP coming back.”
Some of the newly inaugurated Executive members include; Kehinde Oladehinde; Deputy Chairman, Adeleke Shittu; Secretary, Abimbola Lanre; Women Leader, and Rafael Olaosebikan; Youth Leader.
Others are: Olasunkanmi Oyejide; Publicity Secretary, Vivian Ogunwo; Legal Adviser, Tomi Anifowose; Financial Secretary and Toyin Atoba; Treasurer.