The Atoona Collectives — Youth Supporters of Olabode George of the PDP — on Thursday said that the group was not a caucus in the Lagos State Chapter of the PDP.
Controversy had continued to trail the emergence of the group with some members of the PDP in Lagos, saying that it was a new caucus of the party in Lagos.
The group was on Nov. 21, inaugurated in Lagos by a former National Secretary of the PDP, Dr Remi Akitoye.
However, in a statement signed by Spokesman of the group, Chief Kasim Ashade, the Collectives explained that “it is an organisation breeding forth a patriotic foundation for Olabode George.
“The Atoona Collectives is a group that transcends political formation.
Our aim is to celebrate our great leader, Olabode George, while he is alive and in turn, transform the group into a foundation for George.
“We have no political interest in the Lagos PDP other than wanting to take the party to greater heights both in Lagos and other states of the South West.
“The foundation would aim at not only touching lives in the PDP but the lives of all across the South West.??
According to the body, the good attributes of Olabode George in touching the lives of everyone that he comes across with should not be celebrated after his death.
“We want to create this foundation that would celebrate George while he is still alive.
“Olabode George?s committed leadership in the national development of the PDP, especially in Lagos is worth celebrating.??
The group further stated that although its pioneer members were drawn from the PDP, it was open to all members of the party from across all the councils in Lagos State.
“Our mission is to use our number and programmes to further add value to the PDP and ensure peaceful co-existence in the party in the South West.??
The body, however, urged members of the PDP to work together as one family to achieve victory for the party in 2015 and beyond.