Thursday, June 16

Drama as PDP National Secretary Escapes Lynching, Runs Away Barefooted

Drama as PDP National Secretary Escapes Lynching, Runs Away Barefooted

*Photo used for illustrative purpose*

The National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prof. Wale Oladipo has allegedly escaped being lynched for supporting embattled PDP National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff.

Prof. Wale Oladipo, and former national auditor, Wole Adeyanju, barely escaped being lynched by youths protesting Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff’s re-emergence as chairman, on Wednesday. It was gathered that Oladipo was seen hurrying out of the party headquarters without any footwear.

According to LeadershipNG, some of the youths shouted that the two former NWC members should be dealt with for collaborating with Sheriff to destroy the party, but security agents attached to the secretariat pleaded with the youths to allow Oladipo and Adeyanju to leave peacefully.

As they pleaded with the youths, one of the security operatives managed to sneak out Oladipo’s vehicle through the back entrance.

Oladipo, who ran out of his office barefooted, also joined in begging the youths not to harm him, saying, “Please allow me to go. I won’t come back again.” He hurried away for fear of being beaten by the youths who were waving horse whips.

Later, Oladipo and Adeyanju were successfully smuggled out of the premises to a nearby business centre, Sky Memorial, from where they were eventually taken to safety.

Adeyanju, unlike Oladipo, was not able to take out his vehicle from the national secretariat as his blue Toyota Camry, with registration number, Lagos APP 767CK, was abandoned at the sealed national secretariat of the party.

One of the pro-Makarfi groups, the PDP National Rebirth Group, led by Comrade Edede Franklyne, alleged that Sheriff was an agent hired to destroy the PDP.

Aderemi Olusegun, leader of another group called PDP Youths Rescue Group, declared himself the new acting national chairman of the PDP, since party elders had failed to resolve the lingering crisis.

He warned both Ali Modu Sheriff and chairman of the caretaker committee, Ahmed Makarfi, to stay away from the party secretariat from this day forward.

The groups later vacated the premises at 3:47pm after handing over the keys to the premises to the PDP BoT chairman, Sen. Walid Jubrin.

However, the PDP national secretary, Oladipo, has denied that he was chased out of the national secretariat of the party yesterday.

Oladipo, in a statement he personally signed yesterday, said he actually resumed duty at the party secretariat in the morning alongside the national auditor of the party, Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju.

According to him, when he witnessed the activities of some “miscreants” who invaded the party secretariat to cause trouble, he voluntarily left the office after he was done with his work.

“The news that I was chased out of office is a lie. No one touched me, nor was I in anyway compelled to vacate office. I left office when I was through with all I needed to do, same with the national auditor who came to my office before he took his leave.”

He advised PDP members to disregard the false report just as he appealed to all parties in the conflict “to sheathe their sword and refrain from all acts of lawlessness and embrace the rule of law as the only panacea to moving our party forward.”

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