By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, has charged all the aggrieved members of the party to shield their sword and work for the success of the party in the 2019 general elections.
Ogunbiyi, who is the convener of Idera de Movement in Osun State, in a release by his press secretary, Ismail Afolabi, gave the charge in his reconciliatory tour to towns in Ayedire Local Government Area of the state.
The Ile-Ogbo in Ayedire local government born politician has intensified reconciliatory moves by closing ranks among members of the party in his country home before proceeding to Kuta and Oluponna in order to ensure convincing victory for candidates of the party in 2019.
While canvassing votes for PDP and its candidates from federal to the state level, Ogunbiyi told Olowu Kuta, Oba Hammed Adekunle Oyelude, Tegbosun III, and Olupo of Oluponna, Oba Emmanuel Onaolapo Oyeleso, Fadare II that political freedom of Iwoland is attached to the forthcoming polls.
The PDP chieftain repeatedly informed the monarchs and residents of the ancient cities, “Our effort during the last election was not in vain. Against all odds, God was good to us. We have to forget about the past and complement the effort.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand. The coming elections must be different. Together, we must ensure that PDP record a convincing win in 2019 in our constituency. We are laying a stronger foundation if we massively vote for Alahji Atiku Abubakar and all PDP candidates at the polls.”
Responding, Chief Olaoye Oyelayo, a chieftain of the party in the local government and Dr Lekan Ayantunji, a frontier leader in Kuta extolled Ogunbiyi for his statesmanship. They pat Alhaji Lukman Mudashir, the PDP House of Representatives candidate in the constituency and Hon. Ogunbiyi Akinyemi, PDP House of Assembly candidate (Ayedire) on the back, and expressed optimism that the party and its candidates would come out victorious in 2019.
Hundreds of politicians including Alhaji Soliu Musliudeen, former Osun State Chairman of the Alliance for Democracy, Chief (Mrs) Kunbi Adewuyi, former state officer of PDP who left for Social Democratic Party (SDP) and host of others embraced PDP and declared full support for Atiku and other candidates of the party.