Babatope Reaffairms Faith In PDP


A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ebenezer Babatope last Saturday said that the exit of Prof. Tunde Adeniran and Prof. Jerry Gana from PDP would not diminish the party’s strength.
Babatope, a former Minister of Transport, made the statement in an interview with newsmen.
It was reported that Adeniran and Gana, both former ministers, left for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) recently.
Babatope said that although the two politicians contributed greatly to the PDP, the party should respect their decision to leave and move on.
He said there was no need calling for their return to the PDP as they were competent adults.
“Both Prof. Adeniran and Prof, Gana were strong members of the PDP; unfortunately, they have left; there is nothing anybody can do about that. I am not one of those calling for their return to the PDP because they have the democratic right to join any party that suits them.
“Again, they are competent and intelligent adults who must have reasoned very well before they took the decision.
Even though the feeling might not be too good, being that I have known them for long, especially Adeniran, I cannot fault or stop their decisions. I believe the PDP will remain strong even with their exit, as the party was built on strong foundations and not personalities ,’’ he said.
He said that Adeniran might have left because of what played out during the last convention of the party, when he vied for the party’s chairmanship position.
Babatope said that he was also affected by the incident, as the candidate he supported, Chief Olabode George, had to pull out of the race to protest flaws in the electoral process.
He told newsmen that both George and himself had since put the issue behind them after the party reached out to them through Governor Seriake Dickson.